A recent article caught my eye: “Evangelicals claim right to intolerance”
Ruth Malhotra and Orit Sklar, students at the Georgia Institute of Technology, have filed suit demanding that the university revoke its tolerance policy regarding gay and lesbian students. It appears Malhotra considers GT’s tolerance policies an affront to her evangelical Christianity. The lawsuit is the latest controversy for Malhotra, who has locked horns with administration over this issue several times in the past. Her outspoken beliefs led her to craft a letter to Pride Alliance, a campus gay-rights group, in the fall of 2004. In the letter, Malhotra bashed Pride Alliance as a “sex club…that can’t even manage to be tasteful.” The article notes that Malhotra’s lawsuit is part of a growing campaign to force universities and workplaces to eliminate tolerance policies for gay and lesbian individuals.
This story is sure to cause a stir among conservative Christians. Homosexuality is a hot button issue in evangelical circles,
especially in light of its divisive effect on the Episcopal church. And while I believe Scripture is clear with regard to the morality of homosexuality, my heart hurts as I read this story. Aren’t Christians called to be the most tolerant people of all? I understand that we need to take a stand against sin and all, but since when do we need to take a stand against other people? Do such tactics truly embody the way of Christ?
My take? Although I can’t comment on their motives, I believe the actions of these ladies are doing far more damage than good. They are, in effect, impairing a credible witness to Christ for an entire demographic of the GT campus. A good friend of mine once said this, and it’s become something of a personal mantra for me over the past few months: I’d rather be guilty of loving too much than loving too little. It’s hard for me to see any love in the actions of Ruth Malhotra and Orit Sklar.
I can articulate a formidable doctrine, an unassailable defense of my faith, rooted in biblical truth, but if my words lack love, they are empty.
I can feed the hungry, clothe the poor and assist the afflicted, but if my motives lack love, my actions are meaningless.
Love is tolerant, love is deferential.
Love is bearing one another in all things.
Love does not argue; love never protests.
Love respects; love responds.
Love absorbs; love absolves.
Love is forgetting more and remembering less.
Love is constant.
Love is hopeful.
Love is the eternal way.
Love is the only way.