We are not merely called to tolerate those who disagree with us; we are called to love. The world’s idea of tolerance is a parody of the Christian understanding of love.
Tolerance is passive. Love is active. Tolerance is a feeling of apathy. Love is accompanied by feelings of great affection. Tolerance keeps people at arm’s length in hopes of not offending them. Love embraces people where they are and ‘hopes all things.’ Tolerance leaves people alone as individuals. Love ushers people into a community of generosity. Tolerance keeps a safe distance between those in need. Love rolls up its sleeves in service even to those who may be unlikeable. Tolerance avoids confrontation in order to maintain ‘peace.’ Love tells the truth boldly and graciously in order to bring about a deeper, more lasting peace.”
Excerpt from Holy Subversion (pp 145-146)