by Marty Comer, pastor
Sand Ridge Baptist Church,
As a Baptist, I’m not a big fan of the idea of toleration. I am an enthusiastic supporter of the concept of freedom. In America today there is much talk about toleration. I want to propose to you that the focus on toleration is a misguided, and even dangerous, focus.
Those early Baptists who were living out their understanding of the Christian faith in England in the 17th century experienced firsthand the dangers of toleration. They learned that toleration demanded that someone be the one who tolerates while others were the ones who were tolerated. And it is no fun to simply be tolerated when the one who is doing the tolerating can change their mind about tolerating you.
John Smyth and Thomas Helwys led a group of Christians who were worshiping at Gainsborough in England…. King James I had the power to tolerate dissent but chose not to do so. Several members of the group were arrested for not conforming to Anglican beliefs. Thus, Smyth and Helwys led their group into exile in Holland, where they ultimately became what historians consider the first Baptist church….
Well, what does all of this have to do with the Little Sisters of the Poor?
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