The Broad Road and the Narrow Gate

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Matthew 7:13-14

I find that I am often confused when I listen to or read modern day attitudes and notions, and maybe the reason for this is that they are… well, confusing.

During my secular education and training, there was the appearance of great academic freedom; all the teachers preached it, all the professors demanded it. Listening to the popular media, freedom of expression and freedom of thought are touted as the right paths. I was always taught that to be broad-minded was good, and that to be narrow-minded was bad; free-thinkers were to be lauded, if not always copied…

Yet I was a curious child and an observant youth; as a child I suspected they really didn’t mean it, and as a youth I came to recognize that it was all a complete and total lie. As an adult, I shrug my shoulders; there is nothing more hilarious than a politician talking about free and open discussion while following the “party line”.

You see, as a child, I quickly came to see that freedom of expression didn’t apply to my views, only those of the teacher. As a youth I came to see that “academic freedom” meant that we must all conform to one view, and now?

My wife’s views on controversial social issues (say, gay marriage for example) are contained in a policy directive. Even in church I have been criticized for saying things that aren’t “politically correct”! “Tone it down Don or you’ll offend someone.”


Can you think of anything that is more politically incorrect that openly being a Christian and a follower of Jesus Christ?

Maybe you can, but I can’t.

Yet how many times have I been told that being a Christian is “narrow-minded”?

I never really kept a tally, but I sure would like to have a dollar for each one…

That broad road that Jesus mentioned in verse 13…?

It’s a damnable lie.

The narrow gate? That dear reader is the only way to the Father.

So, all I can say is go ahead and call me a narrow-minded… or close-minded fool if you like, Mr. Politically Correct; I’ll take that as a sign that I’m on the right track… as you check your latest policy memo to be sure you are pulling the latest party line.

You know dear reader; there are days when blogging is really too much fun!

If you would like a more conventional approach to this, try this post, The Narrow Door .

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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13 Responses to The Broad Road and the Narrow Gate

  1. Lightship says:

    God’s ways are not man’s way. What looks correct to the carnal mind, is in opposition to being conformed to Christ’s image. Theology won’t cut it either, only being made conformed to Christ’s image is the way in NOW; as we live and breath! Good post Don!

  2. paulfg says:

    Is this the teacher teaching? 🙂

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  4. heyjude6119 says:

    Well said!! I’ve been aiming towards that narrow gate myself. Got off the path a time or two and found all that “freedom” isn’t freedom after all. It’s also a slavery of sorts, they’re just not honest about it. Recently my son gave me a book by a well known American author to read. I’ve tried and tried to wade through it after noticing in the first couple pages, he is definitely a socialist and that is not something I embrace. I can see now where my adult children have gotten the ideas they espouse. They read this stuff when they were young and impressionable.
    Thanks for sticking to your values.

  5. jamr1984 says:

    Amen, brother. I am the lone Christ-follower in my family. For 15 years. It is very difficult sometimes knowing there is this amazing relationship with God available, and my whole family has blessings poured out, and I am the only one who truly acknowledges. Most of all, I am concerned about my elderly parents and Heaven. The narrow gate, not popular, but wow so worth it and so life-transforming.

    • Don Merritt says:

      Yes, it can be rough in that family situation; I have a similar one in my family. It would seem that they will listen to anyone else, and anyone else will listen to the message of Christ, and that is frustrating. My prayer is that God will send someone who isn’t so close to lead them into His arms, and I’ll add your family as well…

  6. Prophet says:

    Thanks for stopping by and liking my post. Thank you also for an interesting blog, I will come back to visit. God bless.

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