Words like judgmental, tolerant, intolerant and hate are tossed around so often in our culture that it begins to feel embarrassing to take a side on anything unless it’s the majority opinion. After all, the two most common feelings that younger generations have about Christians is that they are “anti homosexual” and “judgmental”. What’s a Christian to do?
Because of the current political climate and all the debates I’ve seen on Facebook in the past couple of years, it was with great pleasure that I sat down to read Slow to Judge: Sometimes It?s OK to Listen, the newest book in the Refraction series. In this book, author David B. Capes addresses the multifaceted issues of interfaith dialogue, listening to others, love and forgiveness, “homophobia” and other “phobias,” the problem with tolerance as practiced in our culture, and how to build an authentic tolerance. Along the way, he also works through the famous passage on “judge not,” discusses moderate Islam and the writings and thoughts of C.S. Lewis. That’s a lot topics for a slim 150 page volume!
There’s something on every page for the reader to dig into. I especially found myself needing the chapter on the passage of “judge not” because I’ve seen that phrase used for so many reasons and propagandas that I had found myself needing to hear a measured and reasoned interpretation on what that means.
I also really appreciated his ideas about tolerance and how tolerance should be more than just accepting opinions you agree with, but also with listening to those opinions that you find uncomfortable. I also was grateful to find his vision of tolerance doesn’t mean the same thing as agreeing with those who have differing opinions.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.