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Tolerance or Truth an analogy

Let me try to illustrate my last post with a little analogy.  I know this is open to all kinds of interpretation, but I will try nonetheless.

  Let’s say my friends and I go out to dinner and  I order a Ceasar salad.  Throughout dinner I rave about how good it is.  One of my friends, intrigued by my obvious enjoyment asks what is in the salad.  I describe the seasoned crutons, and crispy Romaine lettuce.  I talk about how cold it is since they served it in a chilled bowl.  Finally I describe the savory Caesar dressing with anchovy paste. 

 At this point my friend is not sure he will like the  salad because of the anchovy thing, but decides the chilly bowl and crispy lettuce sounds pretty good.  So, he orders his own Caesar salad but sternly tells the waiter that he doesn’t want any of that anchovy dressing. 

 Is the waiter being intolerant when he explains to my friend that what he ordered is not a Caesar salad, but rather a bowl of Romaine and crutons?  Am I being intolerant when I join with the waiter and suggest that without the dressing, the salad will be bland and pointless?  

Let’s say we convince him to get the salad with the dressing and he totally and completely hates it.  Wouldn’t it be better to have him experience the whole salad in it’s intended form?  What if he just gets the lettuce and crutons and absolutely loves it.  What happens when tells all of his friends about this awesome salad he had, when all he had was a bowl of lettuce?  What happens when they go to the same restuarant and order the Caesar salad and it’s not what they expcted based on my friends description of the lettuce, crutons and bowl.  Is it fair for them to call the chef out and tell him how lousy the salad is based on an errant description?  I’m just asking!

I understand that this is a really loose analogy, but the point I am trying to make is this: 

There are certain principles of being a Christ follower and calling yourself a Christian.  Frankly, some of them are difficult.  (Like repentance).  You must believe that Jesus died to take those sins.  You must know that God’s grace is bigger than any of those sins.  And you must acknowledge (and turn away from) your sins.   Following Christ is not about any good works you do.  It’s not about going to church every Sunday.  It’s about your heart and ultimately, only God knows your heart.

 God Bless you in this day

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2 Responses

  1. I wonder if there was a similar blog posted by some Catholics after Martin Luther and John Calvin started stirring things up about 500 years ago. I can imagine there may have been some concern about whether a salad without confession and celibate priests should be tolerated.

    I tend to agree that with your statement that “only God knows your heart”. With that in mind, I am hesitant to suggest that He isn’t just as pleased with a person who joyfully praises His name while merely munching on a bowl of romaine and croutons.

  2. I just heard somebody say something to this effect: You are not a car just because you sit in your garage and make car sounds. In the same vain, you are not a Christian just because you sit in a church and sing praise songs” Anyone want to go out for dinner?

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