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The Need for Tolerance

December 22, 2013

That’s funny coming from me, as at times I can be said to be crazy angry at the loss of our liberties and intolerant towards the radical left that wants to transform America.  However, it’s a word that’s been on my mind a lot.  America was founded because of the lack of tolerance, especially religious tolerance, in what was otherwise said to be a very civilized country, England.  Tolerance to be able to have the “pursuit of happiness”, as long as it doesn’t impede someone else’s, was the very essence of our founding.

Hate and division is at an apex in America, and this turns our country on it’s head.  One of our wisest founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin said:

The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.

I heard a disturbing story on the news yesterday, where an elementary school choral director, for the annual holiday concert, changed the words of “Silent Night” to eliminate any reference to God or Jesus.  Supposedly in the spirit of not wanting anyone offended, it offended Christians everywhere, and even non-Christians who can appreciate that we can all believe in our own way, without giving offense.

I don’t know what 2014 will usher in for our country….I don’t have second sight.  I wish I could give you who wonder an answer.  However, as we close in on the celebration of the birth of Jesus, please keep tolerance in your heart for everyone, most of all those who might despise you for your faith or your beliefs…either spiritual or political.  Tolerance will, in the end, make you stronger, and I have a feeling we’re all going to need to be in the coming days.  Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and praying going into the new year.

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