I have recently read a blog post republishing an article on Christian intolerance. In this article the author writes in defense of being labeled intolerant for his conservative right Christian views. In this defense, he utilizes selected bible scriptures in an attempt to portray Christ as the commander of condemnation and intolerance toward others. He implies liberal minds who oppose his biblical interpretations as the perpetuators of “horse hockey”, and despite his argument to the contrary does quite an efficient job in proving how intolerant he actually is.
The scriptures selected to prove his assertion place Jesus into the light of a self-promoting tyrant, no better than the Pharisees, Romans and tyrannical kings he opposed. If this is the Jesus that the author has gleaned from the bible then it is no wonder why his perception is as it is.
In his reproach against being labeled intolerant, the author writes, “Actually, if you think about it, the most intolerant people on the planet are those who claim to be tolerant.” Accurately, his following statement, “These idiots are so full of hot air, they could blow up an onion sack, and there sure are a lot of those floating around” proves just that.
There is a lesson being taught in Jesus’ rebuke of the Pharisees, who he called vipers that strained gnats and swallowed camels, which is too often unlearned, seemingly by this author as well. Somewhere in his interpretation of biblical teachings he has overlooked the teachings of Do Unto Others and Love Thy Neighbor, instruction which Jesus claimed as the greatest of all commands even clarifying their importance by concluding that ‘all of the law and the prophets hang on these commandments’.
There is a difference in being intolerant as in controlling one’s own actions than exercising the intolerance of becoming self-righteous and verbally abusive toward others. The article is basically a rant against people who don’t meet his pompous standards, which he does not meet himself. That is the real horse hockey.