Harmony: Why Humility Is Better Than Tolerance, Part 2 (Strategic Christian Leadership #84)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 84. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Bible verse for this episode is Galatians 6:9 which says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Our quote for this episode is from Benjamin Franklin, who said, “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson.

Our topic today is part 2 of “Harmony: Why Humility Is Better Than “Tolerance”” from “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. He continues as follows:

The Limits of Tolerance

Think of the religious context for a moment. Can we seriously ask Buddhists to accept as valid the Hindu doctrine of “atman” or eternal soul when the Buddha himself rejected the idea and taught that there is no soul and, ultimately, not even a self? On this logic, “tolerance” requires the Buddhist to accept two utterly contradictory viewpoints as equally true and valid.

Again, can a convinced Christian accept as valid the insistence of the Quran that Jesus was only a human prophet and not in any sense divine? The divinity of Christ has been central to Christianity from the beginning. It would involve a logical contradiction for a modern Christian to accept an idea so at odds with her core convictions. Equally, of course, there is no point asking devout Muslims to accept as valid the Christian idea that Jesus was divine and that he died on a cross for the sins of the world. The Quran explicitly rejects these things.

In a moral context, “tolerance” (as it is usually understood) is equally problematic. Think of the terrible culture wars between the Left and the Right in various Western countries, especially in the United States. What would tolerance mean in the abortion debate, to pick a tricky example? “Liberals” cannot be expected to accept as valid the conservative view that abortion is a selfish destruction of a powerless human-to-be. To be true to their convictions, liberals will reject that opinion as invasive, imperialistic and bigoted. The reverse is also true. “Conservatives” cannot countenance the view that abortion is simply part of a woman’s natural right to control her own body. They believe there are much larger issues at play.

To continue my controversial tightrope walk, take samesex marriage. Tolerance of the conservative view is not an option for a long-term gay couple. How can they be asked to regard as true and valid the claim that their relationship is a departure from healthy historical norms or a sin against God’s plan for the family? That said, it would be equally presumptuous to ask conservatives to drop the convictions of millennia, reject the teachings of the Bible and accept as valid a homosexual lifestyle. Tolerance in this sense is illogical and potentially harmful. It is like an inexperienced counselor telling a troubled married couple to ignore their differences and focus on their similarities. This is a recipe for disaster. The skilled counselor encourages clients to be frank about their disagreements and only then to find a way to mend the dysfunction.

— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.

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