The Broad Road and the Narrow Gate — Reblogged

Der breite und der schmale Weg (explained in English here)
Der breite und der schmale Weg (explained in English here)

When people say the Bible has nothing to do with politics, I know they have not read it, and they have not thought about it. Perhaps they don’t even know the meaning of the word “politics.” We derive the word politics from the Greek word “polis,” meaning “city-state.” Cities are where people gather to work together. In cities, people must relate to each other. Because the Bible has much to say about how we should relate to each other, the Bible has much to say about politics.

Consider for example what Don Merritt has to say about just this one verse in The Broad Road and the Narrow Gate. Did he intend a political discourse? No. Nevertheless,  that in large part is exactly what his post is.

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”. (continued here)

What is the Truth? To learn that, read the Bible, and listen carefully to the promptings of your conscience.

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