Shared March 15th, 2015
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it, Matthew 7:14.
You know in our previous exhortation, I mentioned that Christians ought to be narrow-minded. And really, what do I mean by Christians ought to be narrow-minded? What does it mean, narrow-mindedness? Well for starters, it can mean a lot of things especially depending on who is using the term. And I am sure you understand where I am coming from because narrow mindedness often appears to have negative connotations.
Look at these definitions: “having or showing a prejudiced mind, as persons or opinions; biased”; “not receptive to new ideas; having a closed mind.” Another says, “Lacking tolerance, breadth of view, or sympathy; petty.” And look at this one here, “unwilling to accept or consider other people’s different ideas and behavior.” Yet another: “not willing to accept opinions, beliefs, or behaviors that are unusual or different from your own” or “rigidly adhering to a particular sect or its doctrines.” Talking about eternity, these last two really interest me.
Defend creation, as described in the Holy Bible, that “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and the earth was without form and void,” (Genesis 1:) and you would be called too narrow-minded.
Express that shacking up (i.e. a couple living together outside of marriage) is wrong, according to the Holy Bible, and you would be called narrow-minded.
Declare that homosexualism is sin, and you would be called narrow-minded.
Say doc-assisted suicide is murder, and you would be called narrow-minded.
Say that other religions lead to hell, and you would be called narrow-minded.
Look at these examples I just cited; such societal activities demand of us to be narrow-minded. It means that to those of us born again believers, being called or considered “narrow-minded” is not an insult and should not at all be seen as offensive because we are serious about the Bible’s teachings and our relationship with the Lord; it means we want to, have chosen to walk with Him, because of Him Jesus, dying to save us.
Today, they say our society is “pluralistic”. Meaning, whether we like it or not, we have to accept anything and everything that anyone shoves on to you. Really? Beloved, truth, all truth is truly narrow so when we are considering truth, we can’t just accept anything; in fact in considering truth, there are at least three areas where one can be broad or narrow.
First, we ought to be broad in being considerate in our understanding, no matter who we are or where we live. Second, we ought to be broad in our perspectives; you know, have more knowledge and avoid being prejudiced toward others. But when it comes to the third area, we really ought to be narrow in our defense of the truth, and for us Believers, this is particularly more so when that truth is about the Saviour Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit who is the Almighty God. So as I said before, truth is always narrow, always. Don’t buy it when they say “Well some of it is. No. All of it is narrow.”
What am I saying? Well, look at this. We agree that one plus one equals two. So now, Jerry comes along and says, “Well Andrew, know what? I’m sorry to disappoint you but I will have you know that mathematically I am not narrow-minded. I believe one plus one equals ten. Andrew, you have to learn to be as broadminded as me. I’m broadminded in my mathematics.”
What will you say? I am sure that like me, you will be saying “Well, Jerry go to Broadmind Bank in the mall over there and tell the teller, ‘I have a cheque with me and I’d like to withdraw two hundred dollars.’” So the teller looks at Jerry’s account and says, “Sir, you have a balance of $50.00 in your account.” Then Jerry says, “Madam, you are being narrow-minded! I deposited $50.00, and another fifty. I have a Phd in mathematics and in my math that’s two hundred dollars!” What do you think the teller will say? “I have a Phd in psychology and it appears to me that you sure have lost some nuts!” Beloved, what I have done in this paragraph is demonstrate that mathematical truth is narrow.
What about scientific truth? So this well built and world-class athletic fellow is in, let us say, Greenland. It is winter and he wants to go jogging. His coach says, “Just be careful and don’t jog across the river because water freezes at 0 degrees Celsius (C) and that river is not solid ice! It isn’t frozen yet.” Now, we all know that ordinarily the freezing point of water is 0° Celsius or 32° Fahrenheit. But then this world-class athlete says, “Coach, um thanks for your advice but I don’t believe water freezes at 0°C. I have been around and I’m broadminded when it comes to accepting scientific facts. I just happen to believe water freezes at 15°C.”
And historic truth? So the broadminded historian says, “I know all about that African king, Tut. Why are people, and why should I confine myself to king Tut living in 1332 BC – 1323 BC? That’s just absurd. I am broadminded and let me tell you that I don’t believe king Tut lived in 1332 BC – 1323 BC; listen, I believe he lives now; as a matter of fact he lives in Tokyo with his family.” You know what? Try doing that and they would be coming after you in a jiffy with a net, syringe and a white garment, just to make sure you are not a threat to society. Why? Because historical truth is narrow. Where do you stand today, broad or narrow way?
Proposed prayer: Dear Father, Your grace and mercy are for sinners and You said in Luke 5:32, “I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance”. Lord, I want to learn how to be narrow-minded for you so please help me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.