As the old story goes, a couple of tourists were watching a man traverse Niagra Falls on a tightrope. He walked across, then he came back across on a bicycle. The third time, he grabbed a wheelbarrow, and was getting ready to cross again. One tourist said to the other, "Do you think he's going to make it?" The second man said, "I know he'll make it. This guy is the best in the world. There is no way he'll fall." The first man then said, "Then get in the wheelbarrow." And that is the difference between belief and faith. Belief can be purely intellectual, but faith comes when we trust in someone or something enough to bet our lives on it.
Everyone has beliefs, opinions, convictions about a variety of subjects. But none of those matter nearly as much as what we put our faith in. Faith matters. Faith can make or break your life, literally. We live in an age of tolerance. We are told that no one should ever judge someone else’s beliefs. That may be the highest value of our culture. In an age like ours, it is more important than ever that we as Christians are very humble in the way we engage opposing viewpoints. If we walk around attacking the moral or spiritual beliefs of others, ridiculing them, people will be so outraged, they won’t hear what we have to say about the Good News. So, in that sense, yes, we should be tolerant. But in spite of what our society says, all viewpoints are NOT equally valid. No matter how sincere our beliefs might be, if our faith is misplaced, we're doomed.