The world just can’t tolerate arrogant people
Stare Down Game
• Everyone remove a shoe and put it in a pile
• Someone pull out two shoes
• Sit them in chairs and stare each other down
• First one to lose leaves
• Grab another shoe and keep going
• Find out who wins!
Why do we stare?
• We stare to ﬁnd fault
• We stare to look down on someone
• We stare because we like what we see
• We stare to discover the truth
What is tolerance?
• Do you know what zero tolerance is?
• It means you don’t get a warning.
• If you are found with a weapon in school,
you are kicked out.
• No forgiveness, no ﬂexibility.
• You are immediately assumed guilty.
What is intolerance?
• an attitude of not accepting or respecting
different opinions, practices, or people.
• How do you think Christians should act?
• God constantly gives us second chance
• Jesus forgives us. We are called to do that!
• The factas distinctively intolerant
is that most people see the
• We look peopleon terrorists, homosexuals,
and even motorcyclists
• What is wrong with the church?
• How canwe don'tourselves whole world like
Christ in John 3:16?
• Mahatma Ghandi
• Was Hindi, but had very Christian principals.
• I like your Christ, I do not like your
Christians. Your Christians are so unlike
• An eye for an eye and the
whole world goes blind
Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
For in the same way you judge others,
you will be judged, and with the measure
you use, it will be measured to you.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in
your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the
plank in your own eye? How can you say to your
brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’
when all the time there is a plank in your own
eye? You hypocrite, ﬁrst take the plank out of
your own eye, and then you will see clearly to
remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not
throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they
may trample them under their feet, and
then turn and tear you to pieces.”
Three things we must learn
• Number One: We are not to judge.
• This is not our place.
• We are called to love!
• Matthew 22:36-40
• Love the Lord your God with all your
heart, soul, strength and mind. Love your
neighbor as yourself (paraphrased)
Look for the
best in people
• Number Two: It’s easy to ﬁnd fault
• It is hard to give advice
• Be real with people
• You are not perfect,
don’t expect others to be
• Sin is sin. To God they are all equal
Save your breath
• What does the Matthew 7:6-7 mean?
• Number Three: Don’t waste your breath
• Some people are just not going to “get” the
gospel of Jesus Christ
• Some are going to want to just argue.
• There’s no point in bashing it into their heads.
• You need to show love by your actions.
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass
judgment on someone else, for at whatever
point you judge the other, you are condemning
yourself, because you who pass judgment do
the same things. Now we know that God’s
judgment against those who do such things is
based on truth.
So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on
them and yet do the same things, do you think
you will escape God's judgment? Or do you
show contempt for the riches of his kindness,
tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's
kindness leads you toward repentance?
God Is Love!
• Love is patience, kindness and tolerance.
• 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
• If you want to affect others and lead them
to salvation, you need to do one task...
• Love them!
• This is a tall order by the way!
Dealing with correction
• But what if people are just plain wrong?
• Do we just ignore it? No!
• The Bible has strong moral values.
• We need to teach what these are and why
• We need to address it in a respectful way!
If your brother sins against you, go and show him
his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens
to you, you have won your brother over. But if he
will not listen, take one or two others along, so
that “every matter may be established by the
testimony of two or three witnesses.” If he refuses
to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he
refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as
you would a pagan or a tax collector.
How to treat people
• How do you think we should treat tax
• How would you treat your tax collector?
• Well, you probably just wouldn’t
waste your breath.
• You need to treat them respectfully
as you would other people.
• You still have no right to hate them!
need tattle tales
• God is omniscient. He knows all things.
• He can see into your heart and mine.
• Hehappen to people.
doesn’t need us praying for bad things
• He calls us to love. Period.
• How can we show love? Any ideas?
It happened in one ﬂight
• My youthtrip to build cabinsweek-long
group went for a
• We ﬂew out of Salt Lake into St. Louis
• 24 Christians minding our own business
• In one ﬂight,atwo Mormon sisters showed
kindness to dad and son.
• By theand given them contacthad prayed for
end of the ﬂight, they