An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Broad Minds and Narrow Gates

(Proverbs 28:25 KJV)  He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

I love the marginal note that says the arrogant man is literally the “broad soul.”  The Hebrew means “broad or wide” and here has the idea of being puffed up.  What strikes me is how in our culture today we would praise someone like this.  Isn’t it considered wonderful to be “broad minded”?  Of course our understanding of that is accepting all of the strange behavior around us.  If you are talking about not being disturbed by basketball shoes worn with a coat and tie then I could live with that but what they think of as being broad minded is accepting pornography and casual drug use.

Broad minded seems to be synonymous with rejecting the narrow focus of God.  God is not broad minded, He is eternal and holy.  Remember the words of Jesus.
(Matthew 7:13 KJV)  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
So?  We are not to develop an in-your-face attitude but we cannot fall into the trap of endorsing or supporting that which God prohibits. 


Gorges Smythe said...

I like the bumper sticker that says "Don't be so open-minded that your brain falls out!"

Pumice said...

You are showing your lack of tolerance and diversity. Get on board.

Grace and peace.