Many Christians today are told that their biblical views are intolerant and unloving. This, however, is itself intolerance. Tolerance does not mean that individual values are rejected. The dictionary says that tolerance is “the ability to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.” That word, by definition, means that both worldly and Christian views get to coexist.
The New Testament insists that we put Jesus at the centre of the picture and work outwards from there. The minute we find ourselves looking at the world around us and jumping to conclusions about God and what he might be doing, but without looking carefully at Jesus, we are in serious danger of forcing through an ‘interpretation’ which might look attractive – it might seem quite ‘spiritual’ and awe-inspiring – but which actually screens Jesus out of the picture. As the old saying has it, if he is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all.