Open minds…

Closed minds are hard to work with. I get it. A person has a fixed opinion or conviction about a subject. I’m that way about salvation. There’s only one way to be saved. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” I am however open as to who can be saved. Salvation is for everyone, who believes.

On many other subjects, can we have an open mind? Is there really only one way to solve a problem or advance a cause? Must we all be democrats or republicans or independents or libertarians? Isn’t there room for a few different ideas? There should be.

As you read the press or listen to the media, many people are just plain adamant about how things must be done. The President of the United States declares that people who don’t accept global warming are undeniably wrong. I’ve read some opinions of scientists who have a different opinion. How interesting.

Please there are absolutes in life, but that does not include every issue or subject. Can we have a few open minds among us?

“Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master.” Ephesians 6:4 MSG

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  • Perhaps an open heart, ready to love and serve those who disagree with us, is more important than an open mind. If our minds are too open we will be “tossed about by every wind of doctrine.” We in the West live in a missionary culture desperately trying to convert everyone to carnality, compartmentalization, and secularism. If our minds are too open, our faith, holiness, and passion for God will be swept aside in the rising tide of pressure to conform to our contemporary culture. However, we are called to be different than society–to overcome the world, not to be overcome by it. We desperately need Catherine Booth’s “aggressive Christianity” that lovingly “calls things by their proper names” rather than being so openly seeker friendly that there is no longer any difference between us and society. We are here as lights–to be missionaries to our culture. However nowadays, we believers have become the mission field of our culture. If we are not passionate about and fully committed to what we stand for, regardless of our culture’s viewpoints, we will be won over to society’s viewpoints and be tasteless salt, having a form of godliness, but powerless.

  • After posting my comment I searched “Catherine Booth Aggressive Christianity” and found this quote: “Take the bandage off their eyes which Satan has bound round them; knock and hammer and burn in, with the fire of the Holy Ghost, your words into their poor hardened, darkened hearts, until they begin to realize that they are IN DANGER; that there is something amiss. Go after them.” –Catherine Booth