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 from her employer. Even in church I have been criticized for saying things that aren’t “politically correct”! “Tone it down Don or you’ll offend someone.”

Seriously?

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 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!

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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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11 Responses to The Broad Road and the Narrow Gate

  1. Loved it Brother Don! You hit the mark right on. I have always been considered a “black sheep” with many peers because I don’t always tone it down, but my thinking has always been, I would rather cause someone to “dislike or hate” me for what I have said for a few years we have on earth and give them something to think about that SOMETIME in their lives might cause them to inherit eternity. We can fellowship and talk in eternity with the Lord and the “dislike” they feel for me now (for telling the truth) will be less than a drop in the bucket of the ocean!! Because if they took even a moment to think, and accept what the Lord says as truth, it will be so worth any momentary pain.
    God bless you AND your wife for maintaining AND spreading the truth, no matter what!

  2. Russ P. says:

    Don, I absolutely love this post. It is right on target and strikes at the heart of the matter. Are we willing to take a stand for Jesus or let others determine who shall lead our lives? The possibilities of human leadership are very discouraging such as with our President.

  3. Well said. The Body of Christ must be willing to bump up against the status quo, lest we become guilty of conforming. I am learning more and more each day that many more people than I care to imagine will not pass through that narrow gate:-(

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  5. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Shared it brother, hope you don’t mind!

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