Narrow Mindedness Revisited

 

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)BRIDGE

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?

 

This entry was posted in Faith and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s