Our culture believes of the great virtues one can have, being open-minded is near the top of the list. If you ask most anyone if they are open-minded they will probably respond with a definitive yes or at least “I hope I am…I try to be”. And we all know that trying to deal with a stubborn close-minded individual can be quite a frustrating experience. But, having said all this, is there any virtue in being close-minded? Well, in fact, for the Christian it is not only a commendable quality, but a must have necessity.
How is a Christian to view the world? We should view the world through the lenses of Scripture. But what about this subject or this problem or this modern day occurrence and so on? The timeless word of God instructs us either by direct teaching or by principle about anything life has to offer. Any lack of answers or correct viewpoints lies in our lack and not that of the holy writ. The world has innumerable answers and viewpoints, but are they according to Christ? If not, why would we have an open mind to them?
The Apostle Paul spells this out to the Corinthians: “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” (I Corinthians 2:11-12) He then adds that the natural man does not know the things of God, but the spiritual man can, and should, know the things of God because “we have the mind of Christ”. (I Corinthians 2:16)
Finally, we are instructed thusly, “…do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2) So, let me ask you, when it comes to the philosophies and principles of the world…are you open-minded or are you close-minded?