Tolerance and Deference
Tolerance lies in the realm of longsuffering. Longsuffering is close kin to deference.
Deference? What is that?
It is a character quality that seems to have disappeared in our American culture.
My dictionary defines deference as: respectful submission or yielding to the judgment or opinion of another; respectful or courteous regard.
The Bible describes such character of deference as “. . . in honor preferring one another. . .” in Romans 12:10.
I see very little of that going on in our political and news reporting arena. Maybe the figure of speech, “dog eat dog” would be closer to describing politics. It is ugly.
In my state, Indiana, we have a man running for governor who is doing his best to not engage in dirty politics. His name is Mike Pence. I have a yard sign ready to put out in my yard whenever we are allowed to publicize our persuasions. I might add, I am happy to support Mike Pence because he is decent.
Tolerance is a buzz word of the “left.” I can hardly think of anyone LESS tolerant than those who immediately find fault with those who express the Bible.
You know what? In light of intolerance of opposition, it is still best to smile and show deference. Do we need to agree? No. We should show respect. Just because they lack the character to show deference does not give me license to act the same as they are acting. I might even hope to eat a Chick-fil-A sandwich in peace next week.
As I feel the gaze of the Shepherd’s eyes guiding me, yes, I will show deference even if I have to disagree. My dad often said, “We can agree to disagree and not be disagreeable.” My farmer-daddy with the seventh grade education—he had it right!