It’s a shame that Christians are thought of this way, but I don’t think any of these are true. Usually we will misconstrue something that we don’t understand precisely because we don’t understand it. I just find it disappointing that this is the Christian stereotype.
People might have Googled this about the Pharisees in their day, but I don’t think this is what the common people thought of Jesus. They heard him gladly! I think they would have gone home and Googled, “Why is Jesus so gracious, powerful, convincing, loving, caring, captivating, convicting, miraculous, hard on the pharisees, capable, good…
I think you would agree, if you are honest.
We should be more like the One we claim to follow and temper some of our stupid, judgmental, ignorant, hateful, intolerant, mean, narrow minded, hypocritical, and annoying tendencies. Lets add a little grace to our lips, speak the truth in love, and compel people to come to Christ as He did.
Now Jesus did confront peoples’ sin with truth, don’t get me wrong, but the woman at the well didn’t run away with these adjectives on their lips.
And, I would say the rich young ruler probably accused Him of being ‘narrow minded’, and I readily claim that title, because there is only ONE way, truth, and life and no man comes to the Father but by Him. And there is ONE Lord, ONE Faith, ONE Baptism, ONE God and Father of all.
Yep, I’ll admit it, I’m pretty narrow minded.
But I think it is a shame when our narrow minds extend beyond what scripture addresses. I am afraid a lot of times our zeal for truth mutates into a zeal for my culture, personality, and preferences. And while there is nothing wrong with having a culture and preference, we should hold them loosely, and be quick to condescend to another’s preference. “In honor preferring one another…”
Jesus sure did a lot of condescending when he came from his culture (Heaven) to ours (this nasty earth). We should do the same.
We can’t put our culture (whats not in the Bible) on the level of Scripture (what is) and be narrow minded when we don’t have a biblical basis to stand on. That is just being selfish.
As Scripture influences our culture, we should be more like Jesus, not the Pharisees.
Now, about Buddhists being happy:
I don’t believe it for a second. Why am I so narrowminded? Because I know all about them from scripture and statistics.
If 95% of Thailand was happy as a Buddhist, then they wouldn’t
– lead the world in homicide with a firearm
– lead the world in sex trafficking and prostitution
– lead the world in opium production
– have such a divorce rate
– have such a suicide rate
The facts just don’t add up.
Even if they were happy, they don’t have the truth, and the only way to have the greatest joy, for the greatest time, from the greatest source, is to know Jesus as their Savior forever.
So even if they are happy already, don’t worry, they will be infinitely happier with the Gospel.
There I go being judgmental and narrow minded again.