Pastor David Platt Has a Big Message About Political Correctness, Tolerance and Defending the Christian Faith

Dr. David Platt, an author and the pastor of the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, is challenging Christians not to retreat from culture and to, instead, engage on contentious issues like homosexuality, abortion, sex trafficking and pornography, among others.

Platt, whose new book “Counter Culture” decries the fact that “right and wrong are no longer measured by universal truth but by popular opinion” and implores Christians to stand up for their faith and values, told TheBlaze that he’s concerned when he sees any group losing its ability to “speak freely and consistently with their beliefs.”

When this sort of silencing is allowed to happen as he believes it has against Christians today, Platt said that society finds itself chipping away at the “primary values our country was founded in.” And he’s hoping to inspire other believers to speak out, like him, with “clarity and compassion.”

“I’m encouraging Christians to think through, ‘Am I going to live with conviction?’” he said, later adding, “Our culture now, in many ways, is labeling Christian beliefs not only different, but dangerous.”

Platt also said that he believes modern culture has a misunderstanding of what tolerance truly means.

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“Basically, if you agree with what’s popular or politically correct, then you’re okay — but if you don’t, you’re labeled intolerant,” he said. “Part of it is the way we’ve mystified the idea of tolerance. Tolerance, itself, implies disagreement.”

Platt said that it should be possible for people to disagree with one another, while still maintaining common courtesy, love and respect.

“We’re not enemies of each other … they’re not enemies that are in a conspiracy set out to destroy our faith,” he said. “We’re all seeking a way that seems right to us. The beauty of American culture … we have the ability to have disagreements with one another.”

Read the entire article here – http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/02/12/pastor-delivers-a-tough-challenge-for-christians-in-midst-of-a-rapidly-shifting-moral-landscape-and-a-lesson-on-the-true-meaning-of-tolerance/

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