Narrow minded

By: Steve Haselden

Have you ever heard of a statement like “he is a narrow-minded person?” The obvious is we all know people like that.  The Webster’s meaning is: “having or showing a prejudiced mind, as persons or opinions; biased.”  Those of this persuasion cause others to be un-easy around them.  We withhold conversation, or just don’t divulge interests.  Their mind is not subjective.  They have an attitude of I’m right and you’re wrong.  Nothing excites them to re-consider, with crossed arms they are satisfied. You could consider a farmer as narrow-minded. He will not change his way of planting or harvesting his crops. His methods have been refined over the years of famine and prosperity. Yet, he would prefer prosperity any-day, so he has a prejudiced mind. So a position of being narrow-minded is good, but only when truth is welcomed and not error.  We can be narrow-minded about many things in life.  Some could be life long causes, is “Global Warming” true or false, is “Capitalism” better that “Socialism,” the list goes on. But only one narrow-minded position should be considered above all.  This has eternal consequences: that is Heaven or Hell. 

                The bible teaches that Jesus was narrow-minded.  His statements are of God, as He is God in the flesh.  He said nothing softly about His Deity and what is demanded to become one of His disciples.  “I am the way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)  “I am the bread of life.” (John 6:34)  “I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)  Jesus was explicit “you must be born again to enter into Heaven.”  These are just a few of the demands that true believers must encounter and live by. Anyone who studies these verses will see that Jesus’ narrow-mindedness  caused Him much grief.  Everyone rejected this theology except the chosen ones.  Here is a very important fact.  Believers in Jesus Christ must be narrow-minded.  Because the way of the world will lead you into the broad way of destruction.  Let’s not follow this path, but be on this journey to that celestial city of God.  Therefore a broken heart excites the potter to make a new one.  Let that heart be yours today.  God’s love is as honey of the bee that never spoils.  He just waits to melt your heart with Grace and leads you to release all of yourself to this never ending love.  So, being a narrow-minded person is not so bad.

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