A regular reader here who lives much closer to Ireland sent me links to two different articles on the election, one from the Irish Times, "Ireland has left ‘tolerance’ far behind" and the other from The Guardian, "Ireland is a kinder, fairer place after voting for same-sex marriage."
The Irish Times article says near the beginning:
"It looks like a victory for tolerance. But it’s actually an end to mere toleration.Tolerance is what “we” extend, in our gracious goodness, to 'them'. It’s about saying 'You do your own thing over there and we won’t bother you so long as you don’t bother us'."
The word 'tolerance' as a goal has always bothered me. Tolerance is the lowest level of acceptance. Tolerating is putting up with something that you don't agree with. Tolerance is not a word I imagine that Jesus Christ would have used or approved of. He said to 'love' one's neighbors, even one's enemies. Not 'tolerate' them.
I did actually google Jesus and the word tolerance, and I got an article entitled "Bible Verses About Tolerance: 21 Scripture Quotes." None of the 21 quotes actually has the word tolerance in them. Someone merely found passages that seemed to cover the idea they had of tolerance. Quotes like:
"Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand."
As one person is quoted in the Irish Times article, before the election, wrote:
“I have two adult children. One is allowed to marry, the other is not. How can this be right?”