When Intolerance Is Required…

A showdown is brewing.

So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah.  When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?”   “I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the LORD’s commands and have followed the Baals.”  — 1 Kings 18:16-18

It took a lot of courage and faith for Elijah to speak these words to Ahab, especially since we know how vindictive and cruel a king he could be.  And I got to wondering – when we encounter sin in our world today, do we confront it head-on as Elijah did?  Or do we dance around the topic, trying to be “nice” and “non-judgmental” to others who don’t agree with God’s position.  Don’t take this wrong – I believe there is a time for politeness and respect.  But just as importantly, Elijah shows us that there is also a time for confrontation and directness.  Have we Christians abandoned that trait, in favor of being politically correct and “tolerant”?


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