“I created a T-shirt. On the front it says, “Intolerance is a Beautiful Idea.” On the back it reads: Mother Teresa was intolerant of poverty. Bono was intolerant of AIDS. Nelson Mandela was intolerant of apartheid. Martin Luther King was intolerant of racism. Jesus was intolerant of bigotry. As you can imagine, I’ve had a lot of people respond to it—almost 100 percent positively. Why? Because universally people tend to accept the moral truth that poverty, AIDS, apartheid, racism, and bigotry are wrong and should not be tolerated. The point is, it is the biblical source of truth and its narrative that give tolerance and intolerance their proper definition and understanding. When we are able to understand this biblical narrative of truth and pass that on to our children, it allows them to embrace God’s perspective on tolerance, intolerance, love, sexual morality, and our overall purpose and meaning for life. While it is true that most young people are not embracing the biblical narrative of truth and are reaping negative consequences, we have reason for hope.” from “The Beauty of Intolerance: Setting a Generation Free to Know Truth and Love” by Josh McDowell, Sean McDowell


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