Let’s first establish that I am a practicing Christian. That aside, there are many issues with I have with the letter that ran last week titled “There should be tolerance of Christian morals.”
First, I’d like to address the claim that there is no tolerance for those with Christian morals. Please understand, as I agree with the laws of the Bible, Christianity was and is a personal religion. With that in mind, these laws that the Barack Obama administration are proposing that may or may not align with our beliefs — for example positions on homosexual marriage, do not determine nor command a certain action for or from us.
Second, on the subject of this “war” the writer spoke of, I agree that there is a percentage of the non-Christian population who have unfounded generalizations of the religion and its members, most of these stereotypes arise from perpetrators who place the religion on a pedestal, claiming we deserve some better treatment than those who disagree with our ideologies. As unfortunate as it is, the writer just became one of those perpetrators. As a Christian, who are we to claim who is the better sinner?
Third, though a part of me would like to congratulate the writer, I find it hard to believe his claim about lying. Nevertheless, just because he’s upheld one of the commandments does not imply that he’s upheld all of them. For all the lovely readers out there, know that not all Christians are intolerant. Unfortunately, those who are set a very distasteful stereotype and bar to overcome.
Not that I have any authority to do so, I’d like to offer my apologies for those who find it hard to love all. Christianity is a wonderful religion. But I ask the writer to please understand that if you were to truly adhere to the wishes of our God, you would learn to love those who surround you. Because when you do not, when you claim that you should receive something more or better, or that those who disagree with your ideologies should not receive acceptance and tolerance, you are instigating the divide between the Christian and non-Christian, which ultimately creates unfounded stereotypes.