Have you ever been labeled as “Intolerant?” To be honest, I don’t remember whether or not anyone has ever said that of me… but I’m sure there are people that would agree that I am. But I’m not writing this to talk about my intolerance so much as the word itself, and its usage.
Simply defined, intolerance is being utterly against something, to the point that you beleive it shouldn’t be taking place. Most people, for instance, are intolerant of child abusers. If they come across one, they will do most anything in their power to end their abuse of children.
Ok, there’s a point to all this I promise. See, America today is becoming more and more tolerant. Ironically, what is growing in this nation is the intolerance of intolerance. The American way, nowadays, is to mind your own business and do whatever makes you happy. And if anyone doesn’t like you doing what makes you happy, or tries to stop you, you become bitterly angry and do most anything in your power to stop them from doing that. In other words, you are intolerant of intolerance.
So where does this stop? Well… Most ‘tolerant’ Americans are still intolerant toward anyone who chooses to do something that hurts (or otherwise hinders the happiness of) any other human. So I guess this beast does have limitations.
Here’s a basic rundown of why ‘Tolerant’ Americans are making me sick. “Intolerant people,” they would say “are imposing on my right to do what makes me happy.” You know what that sounds like to me? Whining. Yeah, I said it. “You religious people are making me unhappy by constantly telling me that what I’m doing is wrong. And then you take it a step further and try to make me feel guilty about it!” *sigh* If they only knew…
Granted: There are a lot of very religious people that focus on what people do. These people are often very judgemental and preach as if your actions are going to send you to hell. Lemme tell ya… You (and they, and I) have already done more than enough to deserve hell. But many religious people wouldn’t tell you that (many, if not most, don’t beleive it themselves).
Alright, I guess I’d better explain what I believe before you all just stop reading all my well-scattered thoughts. I belive that sin is what destines you for hell. Not a lot of sin, not enough sin to outweigh the good you do… but any sin at all. One bad thought and you’re done. Why? Because God (who resides in heaven) is perfect and Holy, and can’t dwell with anyone who’s not. And if you don’t go to heaven… you’re goin’ to hell… there’s no middle of the road. But God didn’t want it that way. So He sent His Son to earth as a human. Jesus (being God), lived 33 years without ever sinning. When He died, He was carrying out a sentence that is the result of sin: death. Since He didn’t deserve it, He was able to take our place. So instead of us having to die, He did. By that action, he transferred His Righteousness to us, so we could live with God. Pretty sweet, eh? Now all we gotta do is believe that He was the Son of God, and that it’s because He died that we can go to heaven, and BAM… we inherit eternal salvation. That’s my favorite part. Then guess what! The Holy Spirit (who is also God) lives inside you and starts changin your life. So all that stuff the religious nuts were tellin you not to do… now you have the power not to do it. And really, You owe it to God. After all, He gave you paradise forever… the least you can do is give Him obedience.
Boy this is hardly what I set out to write in the first place. The end has nothing to do with the beginning of this post. I’m gonna change it from “Rants” to “Babblings”. But seriously, if you have any questions about that, feel free to drop me an E-mail at Stevish@Gmail.com. I’d be glad to answer it for you as best I can.