Originally posted by Jake Ellison
Mankind is a sucker for intolerance.
Intolerance is not the issue. God is intolerant of All sin. I believe the real issue is that some fellow Christians can not see past someone's sin; homosexual, drunkard, Adulterous, etc. We must love everyone like ourselves. We must not condone what they do, but we must love them and show compassion, like God does.
(Jesus speaks to the Woman at the Well)
John 4:1-42 (Not only was she an adulterous, but she was an outcast, Samaritan. Jews wouldn't speak to Samaritans. Even Jesus' closest followers didn't know why He was speaking with her. Some things never change.) also read John8:1-12
(Jesus heals/touches a man with Leprosy)
Lepers were outcast as well. They had a medical condition that caused lesions and sores on the body. This disease was very contagious. So, society would shun the lepers in fear of getting the disease themselves.(Sounds pretty similiar to AIDS, doesn't it?)
"For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God," "and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ"
2 Peter 3:9
"...he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
Just my two cents... God Bless