Tolerance Does Not Equal Approval

Tolerance Does Not Equal Approval

As you may already know, the month of June has been taken hostage as “gay pride month.” Gay pride marches and rallies are being held every weekend of the month in cities all across America and around the world.

Gay Prid Parade

NYC Gay Pride Parade (Image from NBC News)

Chances are, you probably don’t even have to go outside your front door to experience “gay pride month.” For most of us, simply logging into Facebook or your social media outlet of choice will reveal a deluge of memes, posts, and tweets about how “Love is Love,” or “Love Unites,” etc. etc.

We are constantly bombarded with the message that we need to be tolerant of other people’s’ beliefs, even if they differ from our own. Or at least, that’s what the LGBT movement claims they want. But, in reality, they want more than tolerance. The LGBT crowd is rarely content for those who disagree to merely tolerate their beliefs.

Usually, there are only two outcomes that really satisfy this crowd. The best outcome is when everyone around them expresses unconditional support, affirmation, and positive feelings about their lifestyle choices. The alternative acceptable, but perhaps less desirable outcome, is when anyone with differing beliefs is intimidated into silence.

The LGBT crowd equivocates “tolerance” and acceptance. They claim to want tolerance, but in fact I’m not sure they know what the word tolerate really means.

Here’s an example. I happen to dislike Macs. Macs are over-priced, in my opinion. In my experience, Windows or Linux machines give you more bang for your buck. Apple software is overly restrictive and limits its users from customizing their user experience, in my opinion. These are my beliefs.

And yet, in my office, there are several individuals who use Mac computers. Now, I tolerate their choice of inferior computers each and every day. I have never once walked into the office and bashed in a MacBook screen with a sledge-hammer. I don’t like that particular choice in computers, because I believe it to be inferior. However, I tolerate them, because we live in a free country where anyone can use whatever computer they choose. That’s what tolerance is all about: disagreeing with someone without forcing them to conform to your lifestyle.

On the other hand, if my office mates were constantly posting on Facebook about how much they loved their Mac computers, I might occasionally post a dissenting comment. If they had rallies, and wore t shirts expressing how it’s wrong to dislike Macs, I might find that a bit troubling. If, every time I walked into the office, my Mac-using coworkers swarmed around me saying “Look at my Mac! Isn’t it great! Aren’t you so happy for me that I’m using a Mac? Don’t YOU love Macs, too?” I might eventually tell them my true belief about Macs. That would not be intolerant, just honest.

The point I’m trying to make here is that tolerance is not the same as approval. The LGBT crowd doesn’t want your tolerance. They want to shove their lifestyles, which you might find offensive because of your religious beliefs, directly in your face and say: “Love my lifestyle! Accept my lifestyle! Aide me in living my lifestyle! And if you dare so much as breathe an opinion that suggests that you disagree with my lifestyle, then you are a hate-mongering bigot!”

It’s not enough for gay marriage to be legal. The LGBT movement will not be satisfied until Christians effectively denounce their beliefs and agree to bake cakes, provide flowers, and take pictures of their weddings.


Community Church. (Taken by Steven Pavlov

One can only wonder as to why the gay/LGBT crowds are so insistent upon forcing everyone to approve of their personal lifestyle choices. It’s hard to imagine how incredibly insecure one must be in one’s beliefs to be so intolerant of the beliefs of others. It’s ironic, because while the LGBT crowd is so insistent that “science” is on their side and that they were “born this way,” in my experience they are rarely willing to engage in an open and honest discussion about the “science” behind their lifestyles (or lack thereof, as the case may be).

Of course, it is entirely possible that the vast majority of the LGBT crowd in America is not insistent upon receiving the approval of everyone around them.  It is an unfortunate reality that a vocal minority is capable of giving the silent majority a bad reputation. So, to the LGBTers who don’t feel the need to sue churches for not performing gay weddings, thank you for letting us practice our beliefs. To the rest of the LGBT movement who does feel the need to attack anyone who dares to disapprove, I must ask. Aren’t you being just a tad… intolerant?

In conclusion, here’s my message to all LGBTers this June. I completely and unconditionally tolerate your lifestyle choices. I will argue for your lifestyle to be legal. What you want to do with your life is completely and 100% up to you. And as a Christian, I believe that my calling is to love you as fellow human beings. I would truly love nothing more than to have an open, honest conversation about your lifestyle with you. But when push comes to shove, I do not, nor will I ever, approve of your lifestyle. That isn’t intolerance; it’s the exact opposite.

2 thoughts on “Tolerance Does Not Equal Approval”

  • Echoes my sentiments perfectly. If they are in fact “born this way” i fail to see where pride enters into the equation. Proud of something you had no hand in? It makes zero sense to me. They will never be a majority of the population, and are at best genetic dead ends. So they will have to make do with tolerance.

    • TRP

      Thanks for reading! And you raise a good point. If homosexuality were genetic, as they claim, then having a “gay pride month” makes about as much sense as having a “tall pride month,” or a “blonde pride month.” If it’s a lifestyle choice that doesn’t have anything to do with genetics, then they shouldn’t expect everyone else to offer their unconditional approval.

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