The Curse Of A Closed Mind

The curse of a closed or prejudiced mind is a terrible thing for anyone to possess, simply because it immediately closes all doors to any other knowledge and opportunities. When the elitists among us cut themselves off from people of low estate because of their so-called powerhouse "position" in life, they cut themselves off from learning anything worthwhile that might provide them with increased wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and insight of how to better co-exist with other people in our world.

The apostle Paul realized this division among people when he wrote: "Live in harmony with each other. Don't be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all! (Romans 12:16 NLT - see Coffman).

This writer has learned and gained valuable knowledge and information from the lowly custodian on up to the chief financial officer in our local school district. When teaching students in our school libraries, I learned that children have a greater insight on life and living than most adults do, but we must be willing to humble ourselves and condescend down to their level of insight before we can adequately learn from them (see video).

As I read this American Thinker article regarding the left's war on Christianity and why they hate President Trump, I realized that these folks have a closed or prejudiced mind, unable to learn anything from anyone, including God Himself. No wonder "God gave them up to vile passions" (Romans 1:26) and eventually had to "abandon them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done" (Romans 1:28 NLT).

Beloved, rather than having the above close-minded attitude of heart, we need to make application of the following instructions provided by the Hebrew writer: "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up" (James 4:8-10).

Having an attitude of humility, is the remedy for the curse of a closed or prejudiced mind.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets