National Chaplain's Message
Robert Allen Vick
National Chaplain of The American Legion
Tolerance vs. Tyranny
The difference between tolerance and tyranny is often no greater than one layer of skin, or one idea.
When political correctness will permit one person, or one small group to affect the life or liberty of the majority, it then ceases to be tolerance and becomes tyranny.
Tyranny can be defined as the belief that “I’m right!, don’t confuse me with facts to the contrary.” And refusal to consider opposing opinions, or to permit others to practice their religion, racial freedom or personal lifestyles.
I will never fault you for your personal beliefs, so long as they are not illegal or immoral.
But I expect you to honor my right to be “wrong” in your opinion, and you do not attempt to force me to believe as you do.
You have a God given right to personal preference in habits, lifestyle and religion.
Conversely I also have that right.
If you feel I’m wrong than pray for me! Because that’s what I’ll do for you.
I do not make demands on you.
This writing is not a political treatise, it is a spiritual lesson and consideration.
God teaches us to love those who disagree with us, spitefully use us, to love those who may hate us.
We are commanded to love one another as we love ourselves.
To attack us for our race, ethnicity, religion is not love, it is not tolerance, it is not Godly.
It is bigotry, intolerance and yes, tyranny
ll Peter 1: 2-8
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of our God and of Jesus Christ. As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and Godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue. By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption of this world.
But also, for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance Godliness to Godliness brotherly kindness, to brotherly kindliness love.”
Emulate this Holy Scripture.