Tolerable Sins – A Strange Valentine

This is Pastor Saltzman with a piece that I think we miss a word for. It is worth a read.

Three thoughts:
1) The only word I can come up with is a lament. It is a recognition of a deep problem that has no readily apparent solution. In the season of Lent, laments are not bad things to ponder. A lament reminds us of our fallen nature and our deep reliance upon God. In something so fundamental and necessary, we muck things up.

2) Tolerance is a word that goes along with the therapeutic culture and mentality. We manage things. We accept things. We tolerate things. And if we just do that day after day, we can project an image of health and well-being. There are times and places for therapy. But Christianity at its core is anti-therapeutic. It declares things like: “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt.” Or like, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” God doesn’t manage things. He forgives. He settles.

3) God help the church that actually believes its doctrine in a public way. If you had a church that lamented and proclaimed…it doesn’t take long for somebody to say something like “that is just your interpretation” or “doctrine is just a bunch of fusty rules” or “how hate filled are you” or “who are you to judge me”. Tolerance is just easier. Like 10,000 maniac’s once sang, “give them what they want, so their eyes are fat and lazy…”

Isaiah 6:9-10 And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ 10 Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”