“Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.”

This quote by JFK sums up my thoughts for the past several weeks pretty well. Recent events in my life have got me thinking, why is it that Christians talk down to other Christians because they believe differently than they do? I am by no means saying I have a weak faith, I know what I believe (for the most part) and I believe it firmly. But I believe that does not give me the right to look down upon other people for what they believe. Nobody truly has everything figured out about Christianity, so how can people speak out against what they believe to be wrong? We all have something wrong in our lives, and like the crowd in John 8 we too are not sinless so therefore we cannot cast a stone at someone who in our eyes has sinned. Romans 3:23 is proof enough for me to think that nobody has the right to persecute anyone for what they believe. God’s Word condemns those who do not follow it, God does not need anyone else to help condemn unrighteous people. To me people just see things as uncomfortable and don’t personally like them so they speak out against the people who do them. These actions only alienate people from Christianity and make God’s chosen people look like a group of people who do not love others. God calls us to love our neighbor as our self, how can we do that if we are constantly condemning their actions? We as Christians should love like Christ did, not persecute like the Romans did.

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