Christians, Stop Seeking ‘Tolerance’!

Posted on November 12, 2020


By David Ettinger

A Logical Question
The past decade has seen an increase in lawsuits involving Christian bakers and florists. Such cases center on the fact that these bakers and florists refuse their services for same-sex weddings.

This, of course, is based on the Bible’s teaching that same-sex relationships are sinful. Christian bakers and florists stand on biblical principle when refusing service in such circumstances. They have no personal axe to grind with the individuals, but their faith governs their stance.    

When Christians are condemned for these actions, we often respond by saying something such as: “Different factions of society demand ‘tolerance’ for their lifestyles and beliefs, and they are very vocal, and sometimes hostile, about it. What about believers in the Lord Jesus? Why doesn’t society show tolerance to Christians?”    

Logically, it’s a good and proper question. In reality, though, it’s not going to happen. To the Christian’s question, “Where’s the tolerance for what we believe in?” the answer is, “Forget it!”

A Natural Spiritual Fact
Ever since the fall in the Garden of Eden, two things occurred. First, the human race became spiritually separated from God, which means that from birth all humans are sinners and in need of God’s soul-salvation (Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23).

Second, Satan was given rulership (with God-ordained limits) of the earth (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2). He is in charge of the “order” of this world. He does not have authority over Christians, but the rest of the world is his.

The handiwork of Satan’s reign is evident; you and I can devise a substantial list of this world’s horrors. Satan’s handiwork is all around us, including in our homes, blazing its image from our TVs, computers, and smart phones. It’s an evil, fallen world, and it is “the way things are.”

Natural Enmity
God’s way, however, is not Satan’s way. God’s way is light; Satan’s is dark (Colossians 1:13; John 1:5, 3:19, 8:12, 12:46; Ephesians 5:8; 1 Peter 2:9). Because the world is Satan’s and is evil, it hates the God who condemns Satan’s darkness with His light. Jesus tells us: “The world cannot hate you [unbelievers], but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil” (John 7:7).

The world’s enmity of Jesus – and by extension, His followers – is natural, or inherent; it does not have to be taught. Believers should never be surprised when the world hates and spurns us, because we don’t live according to the world’s natural order, but according to Christ’s supernatural leading. Jesus is clear on the world’s hatred of Christianity:

  • “You [Jesus’ disciples] will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 10:22).
  • “Then you [believers living during the Great Tribulation) will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me” (Matthew 24:9).
  • “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man” (Luke 6:22).
  • “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:18-19).
  • “I have given them [the disciples] your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world” (John 17:14).

Get Used to It
Let’s return to the original question: “Why doesn’t society show tolerance to Christians?”

It is clear from the above Scriptures that “society” – which is governed by Satan – naturally and spiritually hates Jesus and all things Christian, and therefore sees Christians and Christianity as not warranting tolerance. It really is that simple.

Society does not have the aptitude to tolerate Christianity, as Jesus clearly teaches. Furthermore, as we draw nearer to end of this age and the return of Christ, the hatred and intolerance will escalate; tolerance for Christianity will all but evaporate. Therefore, believers should surrender all hope of society’s “tolerance,” stop seeking it, and get used to it.

After all, it is “the way things are.”