We hear it many times

To keep an ‘open mind’ indeed,

But in all honesty we need to ask

What exactly does this mean?

Is it to encompass every idea

And believe every word that’s said?

Or is it to be nonchalant

Or to believe our thoughts instead?

When we loathe that a holy God

Will be sovereign in our lives,

It’s because our philosophies take priority

As we’ve fallen for the lies.

Philosophies can be good

But they’ll never lead to salvation,

Since they’re mainly focused on good works

And not on Christ’s foundation.

Society believes that those of faith

Are closed minded indeed,

And narrow in their approach as well

Where oppressive ways they feed.

When God’s word offends us

It’s a natural reaction indeed,

Because when we idolise our carnal ways

We refuse to listen and to take heed.

But God’s thoughts are not like ours

As He’s superior to all,

And extends revelation of His ways

When our name He calls.

When we humble ourselves

And revere God Almighty,

We realise we’re just a vapour

And not so strong and mighty.

When we enter through that narrow gate

Our heart and soul is open to see,

God’s brilliance and His majesty

And how His hand does intercede.

We should take care with caution

When we promote an ‘open mind’,

Because when anything goes and all is acceptable

Our morals are left behind.

God has a standard

And it’s promoted in His word,

To take captive and renew our thoughts

To coincide with the Lord’s.

To have an open mind

Should leave our selfish ways behind,

With our arrogant and unkind ways

So our thoughts with God can be aligned.

When we’re open to Jesus Christ

And receive His sacrifice,

We’re open to eternal life

And closed minded to heretical lies.

(C) P.B. 2021

“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”  Colossians 2:8

“For the weapons of warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”  2 Corinthians 10:5

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55:8-9

“And be renewed in the spirit of your mind..”  Ephesians 4:23

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”  Ephesians 4:29

“Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him..”  Luke 24:31

“And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.”  Luke 24:45

“Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  Matthew 7:14