Debra Dean Murphy is one of my favorite bloggers. Here, she takes up the issue of the church in Florida that is about to embark on one of the more stupid and hateful events in recent memory. But she goes to the deeper matter. We preach tolerance but Jesus preached love. One costs us little to nothing (and makes us feel so good about ourselves!), the other costs us everything.
Nine years after 9/11 most of us are tolerant of Islam but we don’t really love Muslims. We don’t really know any Muslims to love. Tolerance has kept us at a safe and sterile distance.
Tolerance is the installment program for a debt that will never be paid off and finally comes due, one day, anyway. It ultimately changes nothing. Love is the debt forgiveness plan that changes the world.