There is lots of conversation these days about intolerance. As business owners, politicians and pastors chime in on the issues of our day.

I’ll steer clear of my opinions on chicken sandwiches and marriage here for now – rather I’m curious what has happened to the definition of our very words? The very essence of the conversation has everything to do with defining and redefining our language without telling anyone (this is where I could launch into the marriage conversation, but I won’t).

How do we determine if we are communicating a message of love or intolerance? Who gets to determine that? Do facial expressions matter? Our very words and language?

Here is a Bible verse everyone knows (well, at least the reference):

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 right?

How long until this becomes a verse of intolerance? While it is clearly a verse of God’s love, our twisted world can easily convince people that it is intolerant because it says people will perish if we don’t believe in God.

So, love or intolerance?

Forbidding your kids from touching a hot stove?
Love or intolerance?

Forcing your 5-year-old to wear a life jacket?
Love or intolerance?

Tightly squeezing your daughters hand as you cross the street?
Love or intolerance?

We must remember that we are God’s children and what may seem like intolerance to us, is the depths of God’s love seeking us out to wrap around us in a loving embrace that we might be changed…forever.


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