Mild Grandeur and the Delusion of Open-mindedness

We delude ourselves when we believe we’re strong-willed enough to resist influence. We think we’re set in our own ways forgetting that our ways are simply a product of external information and influences.

We delude ourselves when we believe it’s okay to be open minded as Christians. We forget that there are certain issues where we’re not permitted to have an opinion, simply because the One we’re following has already given us the opinion to have.

I used to wonder at how easily some people do evil. I mean great evil. Now, I allude this to indoctrination. When a mind is exposed to a certain kind of information consistently, whether in small or large doses, such a mind is enabled to think in that direction and consequently act as such.

We often wonder why the degree of the power of God and holiness expressed by the apostles seem to have dwindled in our day. I believe it’s a function of the singleness of mind with which the apostles pursued the Way of Christ.

Today, knowledge has increased and with increased knowledge, the quality of our walk with Christ ought to have improved. But sadly, this is not the case. We seem to take in morsels of the gospel and morsels of the world. Chunks of the gospel and bites of the world. We mix our Christian ideologies with secularism and believe we’re being progressive and open minded.

“You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.”
‭‭James‬ ‭4‬:‭4‬ ‭NLT

We ought to understand that the ways of Christ and the ideologies of the world are immiscible. A Christian should be foolish to the world. Because these two influences do not agree. It’s okay to appear unenlightened and uncool because you reject the world’s views on issues.

“But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2‬:‭14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Culture is a people’s way of life. It encompasses how they wine and dine, how they dress, their music, how they entertain themselves. The same applies to us as we follow the Way of Christ. This way of life is the Way to Life. Question is are we really following?

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