Tolerance can be a virtue when the reason behind the tolerance is not to condone an evil or silently acquiesce to it but is rather directed as patience with the sinner that he might come to repentance. There comes a time, however, when tolerance becomes a vice and instead of doing good it does great harm to those whom we tolerate. This vice occurs when by our supposed patience we tolerate not only people but ideas that are contrary to the truth and that give people a sense of license in which they exercise their freedom destructively both to themselves, their associates and to society as a whole. For example, it is the nature of Truth to be intolerant of falsehood. Truth and falsehood are contradictions in terms and totally opposed to each other. Our minds were created to know the truth not to be deceived by falsehood. All science, all education, all knowledge is based upon obtaining correct information about whatever we are studying or investigating. What would it be like, for instance, if a math teacher "tolerated" every answer given to an equation even if the majority of the answers were incorrect? Would we consider a teacher "compassionate" and "caring" who allowed his students to believe they had the right answer when in actual fact their answers were totally wrong? If someone said to a professor of American history that they believed Abraham Lincoln was the first President of the United States would it be just or proper for the historian to agree with that person in order not to offend them or hurt their feelings? Of course not! We are, by nature, intolerant of falsehood because it is against the very nature of the mind to knowingly accept what is false.
Sadly, we have become a society that is afraid of offending anyone, a namby-pamby society of politically and relgiously correct people who would not dare to correct someone even if what they are doing or saying is detrimental both to themselves and others. A perfect example of this can be found in the protection we give to people with AIDS. This disease is worse than any other sexually transmitted disease and most other diseases. We used to lock up carriers of disease like Typhoid Mary. Yet under the guise of tolerance, compassion and the "right" to privacy we allow people with AIDS complete anonymity as if this malady is simply a private matter that had no effect on anyone else. This is one of the primary reasons for the spread of this disease.
Our society is so sick that it now tolerates activity that was once considered so perverse that people would be thrown into jail for a life time. Homosexuality is rampant and not only do we tolerate it but we are expected to consider it normal behavior. It has gotten so bad that our children are being taught that not only must they be "tolerant" of alternative life styles but they are encouraged to explore these life styles for themselves to see what the other side is like. If you think that I am exaggerating ask a teenager whom you do not know to tell you about the sexual activity that goes on among his peers. There is increasing discussion about the legalization of drugs in a society that has been totally infected by the instant gratification mentality. Pornography used to be considered a plague and prosecuted to the fullest extent that the law allowed now we tolerate it to the degree that pornographic magazines and videos can be found in more than half of the homes in America. Abortion was unheard of 70 years ago now more than 1.6 million babies are killed every year in the USA alone. This country was founded upon the principle of religious freedom. We now tolerate the most bizzare and abberant behaviors, all under the name of religion. Satanic Churches and Wiccan Covens can be found openly throughout the country. Etc.etc.
As followers of Christ we are not expected to extend our tolerance to these evil and perverse activities. Our ancestors realized this when they created laws and established police departments to enforce those laws. A well ordered society runs upon the premise that its members are living within the moral law woven into our very nature by God Himself. Following His law is what ensures a well ordered society and government. As soon as man becomes the standard of his own actions then chaos reigns throughout the land and violence over the face of the earth. It is said in Scripture:
"The Earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and it was filled with violence. God saw that the earth was corrupt; for all men lived corruptly on the earth. And God said to Noah, ‘The end of all creatures of flesh is in my mind; the earth is full of violence because of them. I will destroy them with the earth.’”(Genesis 6:11-14)
Have we arrived at this same point again in our history? God destroyed Sodom for less than the corruption we have today. Can we then expect Him to hold back His hand of justice forever? The liberals want us to be more tolerant than God Himself. What do you think?