Tolerance of other people’s choices is extremely important and yet so very difficult.
Tolerance is not the same thing as acceptance. There are a lot of things I will never be able to accept, but tolerance is necessary if we are to have any chance at getting along with all the other miscreants in this world. But for the life of me, I can’t fathom, comprehend, or understand why some people choose to live as they do and make the decisions they make. They could steer their futures in completely different directions, live their lives in whole other manners…but they don’t. I used to think that people lived a certain way because that’s all they knew or all they could afford. I now know that is a completely erroneous, false assumption.
Although I’m a pretty mainstream kind of guy, I’m sure someone out there could say they don’t understand how I choose to live my life. I guess that’s what makes this world so diverse, such a melting pot. I, for one, can tell you it would be a lot easier to be a Christian if I were a hermit, then I’d have no one else with which to concern myself. But I’m not–so I practice tolerance and pray for patience.
“Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” 1 Thes 5:13-14