Is it toleration or pluralism?

January 24, 2014

Pluralism is the existence of many religions, all equal in a society.

That’s where America is today, and it’s undermining the original intent of our Founding Fathers. It suggests everybody’s ideas and values are equal whether they be good or evil, right or wrong, moral or immoral.

We don’t want to offend anyone. We have become so politically correct that there are no absolutes. Illegals and other criminals get better benefits than citizens without paying a dime into the Social Security system. Our government is dysfunctional and, contrary to what most believe, is not your friend.

The purpose of the Constitution was to protect the citizen from the government. The local police cannot do its job proficiently because of what we call “racial profiling,” and discrimination — that is, unless you are a Christian or maybe of a particular race which the government has declared “open season” on in what we refer to as “reverse discrimination.”

There is profound difference between what today is called “pluralism” and what a generation ago was called “toleration.”

Toleration implies that other ideas and values will be permitted even if they are deficient. The two concepts are in total contrast, and America’s continuing collapse is a result of our leaving the concept of tolerance and moving toward the delusion of pluralism.

I stand to be corrected, but a Christian cannot truly be a pluralist and a Bible believer simultaneously … it is impossible. Just as love and tolerance cannot exist in harmony (Hebrews 12:7-11). Psalms 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

“Righteousness exalts a nation” (Proverbs 14:34) … but, just whose concept of righteousness, God’s or the government’s? You can’t have it both ways. How can we embrace all these pagan religions and the Christian faith at the same time? Their concepts are totally different.

Pluralism is, in reality, just a transition from one religion to another. Religion by its very nature must be intolerant of other religions (in our case, Christianity) or it loses its own existence. Everybody’s got religion, but not Christianity.

For Americans, official recognition of anything is found in the Supreme Court. In 1892, the Supreme Court declared, in the case of “The Church of the Holy Trinity vs. United States” (143 U.S. 471) that America was a Christian nation from its earliest days.

Other religions have been toleration, but only in the past few years have they been made equal to Christianity and blessed by the backslidden Church. We have subjugated the Christian religion, and it is in many places now not toleration at all. It’s too bad so few Christians understand this.

For true Christians … God has not given them the spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).

Carl A. Hinson Sr.