New Tolerance - Its Implications

W. Terry Varner
April 18, 2015

There are implications to the New Tolerance doctrine. Much of the reaction to New Tolerance is the result of its definition. New Tolerance advocates that every person’s beliefs, values, worldview, lifestyle, truth claims, etc., are equally valid or right. As a consequence, we have a contradiction of major proportions. For example to reason that same-sex marriage can be both right and wrong is contradictory. This violates the Law of Contradiction; i.e. nothing can be both true (right) and false (wrong) at the same time. “Every logical contradiction is false” (Warren 23).

New Tolerance Is an Issue of the Right of Expression. New Tolerance reasons that the truth is no longer an issue. This involves the right of expression. New Tolerance involves New Atheism. New Atheism has four men known as the Four Horsemen. They are Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens. All of these men are highly educated and consider any religious belief as dangerous, deluded, and the cause of the ills of the world. Religion is “so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them” (Harris 52). The New' Atheism is united in the attempt to rid of the world religion; i.e. the do not want us to teach Christianity and its truths.

New Tolerance Creates a Silence of Conviction. New Tolerance reasons that all beliefs, values, worldviews, lifestyles, and truth claims are equally valid whether they contradict or not. All of the opposition to anything religious in our schools and government buildings is nothing more than an attempt to silence the expression of our convictions. Severe problems result when we speak up in defense of religion. Lawsuits are filed against us which are expensive and often beyond the means of those involved. Consequently, New Tolerance insists we be silent about our religious, ethical, and moral convictions. I will not and cannot be muted about mv convictions. How about you? Biblically we are instructed to “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15) so that we please God rather than men (cf. Gal. 1:10). We dare not be silent about Goa’s truth. Jesus said, ‘the truth will set you free” (John 8:32b). In commitment to Jesus, we can embrace all people, but we cannot embrace all beliefs. We can listen and learn from all, but not necessarily agreeing with them.

New Tolerance Creates an Anti-Christian Culture. It is not difficult to understand how anti-Christian our present culture is. Think of the 21 Coptic Christians in Libya who were killed by the Muslims. If they do it to them they will do it to you when they have the opportunity. The cross is a symbol of Christianity. Yet, an artist can display a cross suspended in a jar of body urine and call it art. Culture approves. I call it blasphemy and anti-Christian.

The entire fabric of our Christian faith is the death, burial, and the resurrection of Jesus. Salvation and divine love is demonstrated with Jesus on the cross (cf. 1 John 4:9-10; Rom. 5:8-9). It is the cross and the shedding of His blood that atones for our sins (cf. Rom. 3:21-26; 2 Cor. 5:22; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:20; ml John 2:1-2). When the culture of New Tolerance functions from an anti-Christian base, then eventually, man will not recognize Jesus, nor God whom He reveals (cf. John 14:9).

New Tolerance Fulfills the Words of Jesus. Jesus warned that those who hold to the truth would be opposed by the world. In Jesus’ prayer for His disciples, He sets forth the opposition from the world. “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. . . . Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 14:14, 17). Truth is always unwelcome by those who have been deceived by the enemies of Christ. “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:20).

I am in favor of tolerance in regard to faults, failures, and misunderstandings common to all. But, Christians are to speak up. We fail our God and our generation when we do not speak up.