18 Dec., 2018
“A person who is utterly intolerant of any creed that differs from his own.” That is the definition of the word we commonly hear tossed against folks who hold opinions contrary to the prevailing or popular doctrine. And that opinion which is popularly held (or, by radio or TV media enhancement, seems so) is the standard by which a bigot is identified and contrasted against a regular good guy.
So the Christian – one who holds to the Big Ten and which upholds sexual morality and forbids perversion of the same – is judged thereby to be “the bigot.” Indeed, he holds the Creed to be true and regards all creeds holding to the contrary to be false. (That is the nature of truth and falsehood; they are contradicting stipulations, affirmations, postulates, declarations, assertions, edicts or decrees. Those on the opposite sides of a given postulate may thereby regard each other as contradicting bigots.)
But we lose the practical meaning of the word when we apply it to anyone we heartily disagree with – personally. Do we not?
Certainly we do. On matters where there is no static standard, no means of settling upon a “final answer” or, well, “the truth,” that is the place where we must be content to land (or, rather, not land): agree to disagree and tolerate one another’s artistic or musical or dining preferences! But we don’t apply that principle to – say: the issue of chopping off the finger of someone who points it somewhere we don’t like. We don’t cut the heads off of people we reckon to be ugly.
But we do call upon them to shut their mouths when foul speech and blasphemy flow from them. We call for silence against those who slander others or profane God’s name or His law. This is not “bigotry.” The dutiful effort to honor and uphold the Law – justice, decency, order, and goodness – is not bigotry. It is loyalty and faithfulness to the Truth, to justice, to mercy. It is a blessing for a people, for a nation, to have the Law of God and to honor it publicly. The Big Ten are good for the people, for the nation, for the world.
Who is the bigot but the one who exalts his own creed above God’s law and calls those who honor Him bigots?