PHASE II: THE END OF TOLERANCE
Word for the Month & for Wed., May 1Scripture: Daniel 12:1-3
See Message: The Resistance
Those who can recall the sixties and seventies can remember a cultural mantra along the lines of “be tolerant”, “live and let live”, “to each his own”, and “do your own thing”. All these slogans were linked to the introduction of a new morality embracing everything from a sexual revolution to eastern religion.
Much of what was advocated in those decades, and which at the time was considered “countercultural”, has now become the prevailing ethos of American culture. And a change has taken place. The slogans and mantras of tolerance have been replaced by a new ethos of political correctness and zero tolerance for any other competing or alternate morality— namely Judeo-Christian faith, morality, and world view. “Tolerance” was not a value, but rather a strategy to open the door for the changing of morality and faith.
We are now entering the second stage where that which is anti-Biblical is becoming increasingly brazen, intolerant, and endeavoring to stamp out all that is Biblical. Three stories from recent days will illustrate and reveal the new stage we have entered.
• Recently, the state of California decided to enact a law that would force life pregnancy centers, organizations, and ministries dedicated to giving support to mothers in the birth of their children to refer all who sought help from them to abortion clinics. This would have, in effect, forced the closing down of all such ministries and organizations throughout the state.
• Recently, the city of Austin, Texas passed a law that would force churches and ministries to hire people to serve in their ministries who practice lifestyles that go against the Word of God. Lifestyles that, according to the Word of God, bear witness that the person is not even a believer. The effect of such a law would ultimately mean the end of churches and ministries.
• Recently, the state of California sought to pass a law that would ban sales of any material that advocated that one could be free of sexual sin including that of homosexuality. One of those materials is the Bible. Thus California was poised to become the first state in the history of America to, in effect, ban the sale of the Bible.
Concerning the first law, the Supreme Court overturned it. With the second, it has not been overturned, but the believers and churches of Austin have vowed to fight it. As far as the third, at the last minute it was shelved. But the very fact that these laws have come up at all is a sign. Such laws would never have been dreamed of in years past. But it reveals we are now in a new phase.
Is it something we should fear? No. But if the opposition is more brazen in darkness, then we must be all the more strong and bold and uncompromising in the light. Make that our goal this month. Walk stronger, more single-minded, and uncompromising than ever before. And may God greatly bless you as you do!
Your brother and co-laborer
in His love and service,