Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tolerance

In my many years on this earth, I have picked up that (at least in this country) “tolerance” is a good word and its practice is commendable. I have also learned that “prejudice” is a bad word and its practice is reprehensible.

As the years went by, I realized that prejudice was based upon ignorance. It was pre-judging without adequate information. It took me a little bit longer to realize that much of the tolerance was also based upon ignorance. It was also pre-judging.

Tolerance has kept its reputation, and prejudice, even when informed, kept its negative definition.

So now we tolerate great evil and are prejudiced against good things. By the use of these definitions alone, we have ended up calling good, evil and evil, good.

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