Intolerance

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The Christian church is famous for our intolerance. Learn how this is wrong and how we need to change to be Christ-like.

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Intolerance

  1. 1. Intolerance The world just can’t tolerate arrogant people
  2. 2. 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!
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. What is intolerance? • Definition • 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!
  6. 6. Soapbox Time • The factas distinctively intolerant Church is that most people see the • We look peopleon terrorists, homosexuals, divorced down and even motorcyclists • What is wrong with the church? • How canwe don'tourselves whole world like Christ if we call love the imitators of Christ in John 3:16?
  7. 7. Some Quotes • Mahatma Ghandi • Was Hindi, but had very Christian principals. • I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. • An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind
  8. 8. Matthew 7:1-2 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.
  9. 9. Matthew 7:3-5 “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.”
  10. 10. Matthew 7:6-7 “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.”
  11. 11. 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)
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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.
  14. 14. Romans 2:1-2 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.
  15. 15. Romans 2:3-4 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?
  16. 16. 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!
  17. 17. 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!
  18. 18. Matthew 18:15-17 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.
  19. 19. How to treat people • How do you think we should treat tax collectors? • 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!
  20. 20. God doesn’t need tattle tales • God is omniscient. He knows all things. • He can see into your heart and mine. • Hehappen to people. to doesn’t need us praying for bad things • He calls us to love. Period. • How can we show love? Any ideas?
  21. 21. It happened in one flight • My youthtrip to build cabinsweek-long missions group went for a in Idaho • 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 them end of the flight, they information.

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