Look up any single word in a dozen dictionaries and you may find a dozen varying definitions. The other day I saw someone on social media calling Christians bigots.
It made me want to look up the word to see the variations. While you will find definitions that fit the way liberals use the term against Christians, dictionary.com had this:
big-ot [big-uh t]
1. a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.
In some sense, then, I believe that Christians SHOULD be bigoted.
Yes, we need to be utterly intolerant to a different creed, belief, or opinion. In Acts 4:12 we see the Apostle Peter preaching:
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Peter is merely reflecting the words of Jesus in John 3:18:
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
There is no room for allowing other creeds to coexist along side of the Christian creed. Jesus is not A way to God.
Jesus is THE way to God.
So yes, call me a bigot. I won’t waver in my belief that the Christian way is right and any other way is wrong.
Where Christians and non-Christians get confused, though, is understanding that we can treat people well in spite of religious differences. I can believe that my way is the only way and still treat people decently. A difference of beliefs does not necessitate anger and animosity towards those who differ.
Liberals tend to see this as a cop out. I’ve been told if Christians really treated people decently we’d allow people to believe what they want to believe (ironically, they are refusing to allow me to believe what I want to believe).
Conservatives tend to see this as a sell-out. If we hold firm to our beliefs then we will separate from the world around us and shun evil. This is why so many Christians are up in arms about selling wedding supplies to gay couples. This is why Christian doctors are refusing to treat infants of gay couples.
I will be blunt: THIS IS NOT TREATING PEOPLE WELL!
We can disagree theologically and still be decent human beings. So I will do my best to treat people well.
But don’t ask me to cave on my belief about salvation just because you feel excluded. 🙂
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