As the years go by, I grow less and less tolerant toward the intolerant. Which, of course, slowly turns me into one of them.
To try and fight that process, I have to continually remind myself of some things. I’ll share a few. Hopefully that might help someone else deal with the same problem. And it will hold me publicly accountable.
I need to remember…
- that I’m wrong. About something. Or some things. I’m not perfect in my understanding. So I can’t expect others to be perfect.
- that I’ve changed my views over the years. Unless we’ve reached perfect understanding, we’re going to change. That should help me understand both those who haven’t made the same changes and those who have changed in ways that I haven’t.
- that I’ve exchanged some wrong views for right ones. If I haven’t changed over the years, then I haven’t grown.
- that I’ve exchanged some right views for wrong ones. Never intentionally, but I’m sure it’s happened.
- that nobody chooses to be wrong. People hold a position because they believe it to be true. Getting angry and accusing people of dishonesty isn’t helpful.
- that every fellow believer deserves the benefit of the doubt. I need to assume good motives and good intentions. I need to suppose that they are trying to please God.
- that only God will determine in the end who is His and who is not. My pronouncements toward others mean nothing. I can declare someone to be a Christian or not be a Christian, but in the end, that declaration will be meaningless. God gets the final say.
More could be added, but that should get some ideas rolling in my head and yours. Please offer further suggestions or necessary corrections.