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We hear a lot about tolerance these days. But it's important to make a distinction between just putting up with someone and the true tolerance that we learn about in this week's scripture reading.
The Apostle Peter tells us that God shows no partiality - whoever acts uprightly is acceptable to Him. Thus, true tolerance requires the Golden Rule that Jesus himself espoused: treat others as you would like them to treat you.
Father Dominique Pire, a 1958 Nobel Peace Prize recipient from Belgium, went so far as suggesting we need a better word than tolerance. He said, "Let us not speak of tolerance. This negative word implies grudging concessions by smug consciences. Rather, let us speak of mutual understanding and mutual respect."
That is the true tolerance God wants us to practice.