LET’S TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO BE INTOLERANT! Yes, I do mean this without any reservations. But, first, we must understand when and how to do so. Why should we tolerate things that are harmful and wrong? Why should we accept the political correctness that squashes the Gospel? We shouldn’t, and we should teach our children not to be so tolerant to these ideologies. But, we must teach them to be tolerant and accepting of the people who espouse those ideas. Can it be done? If the Bible is true, then yes. It can. After all, we are told to love the sinner and hate the sin. Isn’t it the same?
I read a quote by Dr. Machen recently and was intrigued. Beyond the heady intellectualism of the words I found a truth that haunted me for days. I already admit that I am different in that sense. Most people would move on and forget the quote quickly. I could not.
“Involuntary organizations ought to be tolerant, but voluntary organizations, so far as the fundamental purpose of their existence is concerned, must be intolerant or else cease to exist.”
― J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism
I was haunted about the immense privilege and responsibility of Christian school students, parents, and educators. We voluntarily choose this organization. We choose to immerse ourselves in the Truth each day. We are a voluntary organization of folks who choose to ensure that the truth is instilled into the next generation, equipping them to change their future trajectory towards a more sacred path.
If Dr. Machen is correct, then we as believers who choose to follow Christ must be intolerant to the offenses against God’s truth. We must stand up boldly and bravely proclaiming the Gospel and his truth. However, in order to do so, we must ourselves understand God has absolutes for us to follow. We must transform our minds to think like Christ. Then, we must teach our children so they can be intolerant. Why should we ever accept the counterfeit that steals of us of our purpose?
Mind you, I am saying that we be intolerant of the things creeping into our voluntary organization of Christ followers. I am not saying we should be intolerant of the people who are selling them. To them, we show love and compassion while pointing out their goods are rotten. Perhaps, we can persuade them with the prodding of the Holy Spirit to see that our organization is necessary.
Now can you see why it haunted me? I could not shake the weight of my calling as a follower of Christ and educator. It impressed on me the importance of teaching intolerance of the worldly things that are pervasive in our thought. Are you ready to be intolerant? So, let’s be intolerant! Furthermore, let’s teach our children to be intolerant of the secular ideologies that are swallowing their eternal hope all the while loving those that don’t understand the harm they cause.