Michael Brown: Piers, When Did Jesus Tell Us to be ‘Tolerant of People’?

Speaking to a British doctor who affirmed that there are only two sexes, Piers Morgan said, “Jesus Christ told you to be tolerant of people as well and you seem to have failed that test.”

With all respect, Piers, could you tell us exactly where Jesus told us to be “tolerant of people”? And would you be kind enough to let us know where you get the idea that Jesus differed with the doctor’s assessment?

Without a doubt, Jesus taught us to love our neighbor as our self.

In fact, He taught us to follow His example of sacrificial love. No follower of Jesus could possibly dispute that.

He taught us to be kind to the unkind, merciful to the merciless, generous to the stingy, and loving to the unlovely.

That is not in dispute.

But was Jesus “tolerant of people”?

If you mean, did He teach that all beliefs were equally valid or that all behaviors were acceptable (as long as they didn’t “hurt” others), the answer is no. He was anything but “tolerant.”

His teaching was totally exclusive (John 14:6) and His standards incredibly high (Luke 14:25-33). If you don’t believe me, just take out your Bible (or get online) and read the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7.

Or read the Lord’s rebuke of religious hypocrites in Matthew 23. He was hardly “tolerant” of them.

Or check out how He dealt with those would-be followers who made excuses in Luke 9:57-62.

Better yet, let me quote the passage for you in full: “As they were going along the road, someone said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ To another he said, ‘Follow me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ Yet another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’”

Is this what you would call tolerant?

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown