TOLERANCE IS NOT ONE OF THE CHRISTIAN VIRTUES

PROLOGUE

Back in 2015 I wrote a blog entitled “Gospel of Tolerance.  The purpose of that blog was to push back at secular laws and popular trends that were enveloping and intruding into our space as traditional Christians that hold certain God Made laws to be sacred to be followed by faithful Christians.

Enough was enough with their euphemisms, calling Euthanasia, Death with Dignity, Abortion, Women’s health care, and Same-Sex marriage, Marriage Equality. Also, judges spinning the phrase Gender Identity that would allow a biological man to use women showers and restrooms.

Some people dispute the idea that they have a nature, given by their Creator. They decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves…. When freedom is so twisted into a creature creating him/herself then necessarily the Maker himself is denied.

Tolerance has became a hatchet job to suppress opposing points of views.  It wasn’t we should all just get along to go along to get along.  You also had to approve and shut your mouths or face law suits.  Those who didn’t tow the line will be punished.

Obviously, in a diverse community, tolerance is an important working principle. But it’s never an end in itself. In fact, tolerating grave evil within a society is itself a form of serious evil.”  It used to be that we could hate the sin and love the sinner, but the problem is now we’re not allowed to hate the sin anymore!

Today’s world says, we have to love the sin, celebrate the sin, and above all, stop calling it sin! Christians now find themselves in the sobering territory of the new Dark Ages, “…when evil is called good and darkness is … called light.”(Isaiah 5:20)

Under the “Gospel of Tolerance,” there is no freedom to disagree, no right to object. Well, here’s a radical piece of truth: tolerance is not listed among the Christian virtues.  Faith, Hope, Charity, justice, prudence, fortitude, and temperance — these are Christian virtues.

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THEOLOGICAL VIRTUES

The theological virtues are the foundation of Christian moral activity; they animate it and give it its special character. They inform and give life to all the moral virtues. They are infused by God into the souls of the faithful to make them capable of acting as his children and of meriting eternal life. There are three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity.

Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us. By faith “man freely commits his entire self to God.” Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit. Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God…. The Lord Jesus says, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.”…According to St. Paul, Charity bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”If I have not charity,” says the Apostle Paul, “I am nothing.”

CARDINAL VIRTUES

Virtues are general character traits that provide inner sanctions on our particular motives, intentions and outward conduct. These moral virtues are attitudes, dispositions, and good habits that govern one’s actions, passions, and conduct according to right reason; and are acquired by human effort.  With God’s help, they forge character and give facility in the practice of the good.  It is not easy for man, wounded by sin, to maintain moral balance. Everyone should always ask for this grace of light and strength, frequent the sacraments, cooperate with the Holy Spirit, and follow his calls to love what is good and shun evil.  The CARDINAL VIRTUES are prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.

Prudence, is the ability to govern and discipline oneself to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it; Justice  is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor. Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. Temperance, is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods.

CATHOLIC COMMENTARY

In today’s blog, I am going in a different direction with the ambiguous term, TOLERANCE. In the aftermath of the racist violence in Virginia, I heard and read again calls for tolerance like that is an answer.  Our Lord Jesus Christ called us to much higher standard, to “Love our enemies, do good to those that hate you etc.

Tolerance is not enough.  In fact, often when people have reached their personal limit of tolerance they act our in a very inappropriate way, sometimes violently, to the point of calling on someone to be assassinated as in the recent post by a Missouri legislator on her face book page.

When you can’t tolerate someone anymore, what do you do, kill that person???  Burn down their property???  Send hate mail through social media??? There has to be more at our core than tolerance which is bare minimum of getting along. I think of that pitiful cry from Rodney King, “Can’t we just get along?” Getting along to go along is no answer at all unless you are in an intolerable position like those incarcerated in prison.

Tolerance is weak, insipid, and a very dangerous way to live our relationships.  How many tolerate an abusive marriage until it ends in tragedy?  How long do you tolerate that crying baby before smothering it!  How long do you tolerate that rude driver before driving into the rear end of his car?

No, much more than tolerance is expected if we are to survive as a civilized society.  We must get back to our roots.  Our roots are in our Creator.  God is love.  He needs no one but out of love created this world with suns, moons, planets, animals, trees, plants and yes, people like you and me.

God has given us everything out of Love, even His own Son to save us from ourselves.  All He asks in return is for us to love Him and our neighbor who He loves as well.  Can we return love to the Father of all???  Or are we so stuck with what we like, what we want, that anything that doesn’t meet our standard must be opposed, crushed, and obliterated.

I will close with parable of weeds and wheat, Matthew 13:24-42

The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.

Then He dismissed the crowds and his disciples asked for the meaning of the parable:  He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world,  the good seed the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age,* and the harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned [up] with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

 

LET GOD BE GOD!

TRUST IN GOD!

 

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM

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THE KINGDOM OF THIS WORLD

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