Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Narrow-Minded Christians

To be narrow-minded means that a person has a limited perspective, or that he refuses to consider a viewpoint different from his own. I often hear Christians being accused of being narrow minded. Is this true?

Our classrooms teach that the world came into existence accidentally, without any sort of Creator involved. If Christians reject this then they are narrow-minded.

Our culture teaches that all religions are the same, and as long as people are sincere then everyone will be fine in the end. If Christians reject this then are narrow-minded.

Our churches teach that there are no absolutes, that no one can know anything for sure (which assumes that the one saying that knows something for sure), even when it comes to the Bible. If Christians reject this then they are narrow-minded.

Does this make Christians narrow-minded? Yes!

Think about this: the evolutionist has a broad view, allowing for endless amounts of guessing in the name of science to influence his mind.

The politically correct person has a broad view, allowing for any religion, no matter how violent, contradictory, or even absurd, to be considered as valid. (The only exceptions are Christianity and Judaism, which are typically frowned on and belittled)

The church member who rejects absolute truth has a broad view, allowing for any interpretation of a concept or Bible verse to be considered right simply because that is what “he believes.”

And in light of all of this broadness, consider the words of the very narrow-minded Jesus in Matthew 7:13-14. “For the gate is broad and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” 

These people with their broad interpretations are on a path that leads to destruction, and they need to be very careful. If they call you narrow-minded, it might just mean that you are on the narrow path that leads to life with God.

I am proud to be a narrow-minded, narrow way Christian.


Anonymous said...

I think sometimes people confuse narrow-mindedness with having a belief or a system of beliefs. If thats's the case, then according to the true definition of narrow-minded, I wouldn't like to be (called) it, Christian or not. I think that my beliefs/faith should be strong enough for me to respectfully consider other people's beliefs, other options without fear, because I am confident that truth will always prevail, and that what/who I put my trust in will keep me in the right way.
I think seemimgly religious people use narrowmindedness to mask their fears of not having full confidence in what they profess with their mouths.
I'd consider it an honour to be called a "narrow way" Christian, but I'd really have to check myself if someone called me "narrow-minded", in the same way I'd have to check myself if someone called me unforgiving.

Tommy Mann said...

That’s a good point, although I was mostly using “narrow-minded” as a play on words.

Still, people outside the church will use any slur they can muster to feel to discredit Christianity. “The church is full of hypocrites.” “You’re too narrow-minded.” “Christians are intolerant.” That doesn’t make it true, so believers should not lose any sleep over the criticisms if they are unmerited. It comes with the territory. They killed Jesus, so insulting His followers should be expected.

Thank you for your comment.

Anonymous said...

Yes, amen. We should not be surprised if the world hates us. If the world can hate God himself, surely it can hate me, a mere human.