The surprising aspect of the article is that while most people would expect him to have been treated abominably at a school that ardently views homosexuality as a sin, the reality was quite the opposite. Ambrosino says that he was consistently treated with respect, kindness and unconditional love by students and faculty. In the article, which at times is somewhat graphic and crude, he describes multiple interactions with people that have a biblical perspective that homosexuality is sinful, yet in the interactions were exceptionally loving and kind toward him. He wrote, “Gandhi once said that he liked Christ, but not Christians because they were so unlike their leader. But the people I met at Liberty... well, Gandhi would have liked them.”
In our society “tolerance” is the ultimate good. Unfortunately it has taken on a meaning very different from its original intent. The dictionary defines tolerance as “a fair and objective attitude toward opinions and practices which differ from one’s own.” Tolerance used to mean to accept and treat with respect those with whom one disagrees. In today’s culture it means to agree with and affirm what they believe. There is no place for thinking what someone else is or does is wrong yet still treating the person with kindness and respect. In that curious redefinition tolerance turns into the most narrow kind of intolerance, for it will not allow disagreement.
To his credit Mr. Ambrosino clearly acknowledged in his article that the Bible definitely teaches that homosexuality is sin. He still maintains that his lifestyle is acceptable. But he honestly admits that those who disagreed with him in that Christian community at Liberty still loved him and treated him the way he felt Christ would want. He admits that his experience shows it is possible for people to think one wrong yet still love, and not just in words but in deeds. I am thankful for the people at Liberty who through their treatment of Mr. Ambrosino have shown us in the church how we can relate to those with whom we disagree. They have shown us how to love. I pray that we can all learn from their example.