Itâ€™s late afternoon when you hear the doorbell ring. A glance through the window in the front door sends a surge of adrenalin through your whole body, sweat breaks out on your forehead and your pulse jumps involuntarily. You saw his picture all over the news. The tattoos match, the car behind him running in the driveway matches, and the face is unmistakable. The news says heâ€™s armed, dangerous and a most wanted killer. Would it be â€œintolerantâ€ of the killerâ€™s viewpoint to leave your door dead-bolted while you speed-dial the police?
We are taught to be tolerant of different viewpoints, cultures and races. Basic thoughtfulness and loving-kindness is what God teaches as well. However, somehow in all the sensible sensitivity, there is the mixed-up notion that right and wrong donâ€™t exist. Truth is taught as though it depends on the situation. Each person can set their own code of conduct and sincerely live by it. No one else can judge them, stop them, or disagree with them without being considered â€œintolerant.â€
However, God also deeply loves every one of us. He is â€œnot willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentanceâ€But, God doesnâ€™t present the truth He has given in His Word, the Bible, as a helpful set of suggestions to make our lives go easier and to make society happier. He doesnâ€™t present sin and salvation as â€œoptions to consider.â€ He doesnâ€™t chat with the killer at the door. He condemns him! â€œAll have sinned and fall short of the glory of Godâ€ (Romans 3:23). We have committed the monstrous injustice and ingratitude of guiding ourselves by our own selfish and sinful lusts. God has every right to exclude us forever from His presence. â€œThere shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lieâ€ (Revelation 21:27). Neither you nor I can deny having lied when it served our purposes. That means we have no right to Godâ€™s home in Heaven.
However, God also deeply loves every one of us. He is â€œnot willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentanceâ€ (2 Peter 3:9). He couldnâ€™t possibly allow us to enjoy time with Him while we refuse to repent of our sin, so He has provided a way of escape from sin. â€œGod demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Himâ€ (Romans 5:8-9). Carefully consider the following words of both love and uncompromising firmness: â€œGod did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of Godâ€ (John 3:17-18). This is truth. Be sensible!
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