Elton John said recently he believes that Jesus would support gay marriage. The singer told Sky News he has plans for a “very quiet” wedding with David Furnish sometime next year.
He also talked about the Catholic Church and the strides it has made recently, but thinks the Church should allow same-sex marriage among its clergy. “These are old and stupid things, and the church hierarchy might be up in arms about it — the traditionalists — but times have changed,” John said. “We live in a different time. If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen.
“He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together, and that is what the church should be about.” John said he wished the Church of England would show greater support for Pope Francis’ message. “The new Pope has excited me so much by his humanity,” John said. “He’s stripped it down to the bare bones and said it’s all basically about love and taking everybody in, inclusiveness. And that has to be encouraged by the Church of England.”
Reading this has brought several things to my mind; so many wrong ideas and beliefs being expressed in such a short article. I hesitate to use the word egregious, but it really is the most appropriate adjective to attach to it. But that is not the point of writing today.
What Mr. John is really talking about is tolerance. And this same tolerance- the word many people use- is what their idea of love is all about. This is completely wrong. For them, tolerance equals love. This mindset comes from wanting acceptance of anything and everything without consequence and without regard to what is right and true.
Tolerance has, today, a negative connotation. On the one hand, people who are doing things wrongly and contrary to the will of God (sinning) think that their behavior should be accepted. They either have disregard for sin and its consequences (because they like it—see John 3:19) or they have been disobeying God for so long, their consciences no longer discern its presence (see 1 Timothy 4:1-2).
On the other hand, people who love God and have left their life of sin behind and aim to show their love for Him through obedience view tolerance as a bad word because it translates to them/ us that we must approve of and accept that ungodly speech or behavior. What’s more, certain groups not only revel (take great delight or pleasure) in their ungodliness, but want to push it on everyone around them- including the whole of society (Romans 1:32).
In a modern dictionary, tolerance is listed as a “fair, objective and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own.” This is okay as long as what we are tolerating or being permissive towards is not sinful. That should end with the words “as long as it does no harm to others or is not diametrically opposed to God.” Then it would be truly fair. If one believes that murder, rape, lying, cheating, stealing or sexual immorality is just or acceptable, should we “tolerate” these acts because these opinions and practices differ from our own? Of course not!
The world today would have us believe and live as though there is no absolute truth in which to have faith or by which to live. That is because they want to live as they choose with no hindrances, boundaries or accountability. If we all lived by our own codes, there would be chaos and lawlessness. Isn’t this what we see today? We don’t even uphold or respect man’s law, let alone God’s laws which are perfect, holy, righteous and good for everyone. It just makes sense that the only One who has no sin and who created the world should be the One to institute the laws and govern our adherence to them.
Today the same individuals and groups which decry toleration (the tolerating of what is NOT actually approved) seem to have warped and morphed this attitude into their mindsets of what love is or should be. You can see this when they say that anyone who opposes their viewpoints- even in kindness, gentleness and civility- is a bigot or accused of hate speech. In a darkened manner of “logical” thinking, I guess I can follow that. After all, if love to them is complete tolerance then anyone or anything which opposes that would be considered “hateful.” The problem with that is that love is not accepting of anyone or anything- nor should it be- which is wrong, sinful or morally corrupt.
By contrast, love is “…patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. IT DOES NOT INSIST ON ITS OWN WAY; it is not irritable or resentful; IT DOES NOT REJOICE AT WRONGDOING, BUT REJOICES WITH THE TRUTH.” Wouldn’t you agree this is a much more accurate, or much better, definition of love, even from a human aspect? Of course! Where did I find this? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 in the Holy Bible. May God bless us by opening the eyes of our understanding, giving us godly sorrow, granting us repentance which leads to forgiveness of sin and eternal life. That is my prayer for all of you.