September 9

Love of God thus becomes the dominant passion of life; like every other worthwhile love, it demands and inspires sacrifice. But the love of God and man, as an ideal, has lately been replaced by the new ideal of tolerance which encourages no gift. So why should any human being in the world be merely tolerated? What man has ever made a sacrifice in the name of tolerance? It leads men, instead, to express their egotism in a book or a lecture that patronizes the oppressed group. One of the cruelest things that can happen to a human being is to be tolerated. Never once did Our Lord say, “Tolerate your enemies!” But had done say, “Love your enemies; do good to them that hate you” (Matt. 5:44). Of course, such love can be achieved if we deliberately curb our fallen nature’s animosities.

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