Open-Minded Christians.

Someone has said that the only person that likes change is a new-born baby and they take it kicking and screaming. Well, we may not like change but change is happening so we should get used to it and accept it.

In Acts 17:11 the Bible says that Paul and Silas were sent from Thessalonica to Berea because of a riot in Thessalonica. When they arrived in Berea and began sharing the gospel, they discovered the people in Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica.

Think about the two words, “open-minded.” That means they were open to new ideas.

We must be the same way. This world is changing. We can fight it or accept it. That’s not to say that we need to be open to everything we hear about. Just because something is new doesn’t make it better. But, we shouldn’t automatically be opposed to new things.

Being open-minded means being willing to listen. We don’t have to agree but, we can listen. This world is filled with new ideas and thoughts. Maybe I’m wrong about something and someone else is right.

A year ago Holli, Sarah and I went to NY City to see Will. It was our first experience riding a subway. As we rode, I looked at the people. They were from different nations and spoke different languages. But they were still people.

I was raised very rural and in the south. They were raised in different parts of the world. We each probably had different ideas about things but instead of arguing with one another, we should listen to each other and be open to new ideas.

In the Christian life there are a couple of things that are essential; the virgin birth of Jesus, the sinless life of Jesus, the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross, Jesus resurrection and His return. Those are essential. Beyond that, there are lots of things we should be open about it. Let’s strive to be more open-minded. I don’t have all the answers nor do you but let’s work together to find them.

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