What if I told you I was trying my best to be more narrow-minded? Would you think I’d joined a radical religious sect or some extreme right—or left—wing organization? Or would you simply assume that I’m a small-town girl who lacks a sophisticated, global outlook?
In the politically correct world in which we live, everyone wants to be open-minded. Narrow-minded people are, after all, ignorant bigots. Closed minded ones … well, if a person can’t be persuaded to change his opinion when presented with a logical argument, what’s the point of dialogue? Best to avoid them altogether.
But wait. What if being open-minded isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? Especially in the church. What if the open mind is nothing more than a funnel for regurgitated ideas and empty cultural values? What if, in our Herculean efforts to avoid being closed-minded, we merely become double-minded instead?
James 1:8 cautions that “… A double-minded man [is] unstable in all his ways.” (NAS) Contrast this with Matthew 6:13-14 where Jesus teaches: “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.” (NAS)
If I have to choose between being open-minded or narrow-minded, I want to be the most narrow-minded person I can be. Narrow-minded—not in terms of the current vernacular—but in the same sense someone might be called heavenly-minded. I want my thoughts saturated with the things that lead to life and my mind focused on the narrow way to which Jesus calls us.
What about you?