“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
This passage of scripture in Matthew comes from the sermon on the mount. Jesus felt it was important to mention both of these gates, but put more emphasis on the broad gate that leads to destruction. Why? Because it’s quite easier to get through that gate. Think about the city, walled off by stone and there is a narrow gate clear down at the end and then there is a big expanse gate nearby… which would you be drawn to naturally? The one that’s larger and more accessible.
I picked this scripture because it has been pressed upon my mind over the last week or so more than ever. Each time I see a supporter of things that oppose God, such as gay marriage, I think back on this scripture when I get that feeling like I need to right the wrongs in the world. There was a time in my life in which I was overly concerned and worried about all the people that were going by the way side and were incorrect in their beliefs. I felt, at the time, it was my duty to “fix” their thinking. I look back now and laugh a little at the thought I used to think I had any part in all this.
God calls people to the faith and they accept or reject that call. Our job, as Christians, is to provide people with the truth by example and by His word.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
God’s word is alive and all we need to do is share it and live it with others. We don’t need to insult, degrade or belittle those of opposing viewpoints, BUT that doesn’t mean we cannot stand for the truth of God. The scriptures warn against denying Jesus (not standing for him).
But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
While remaining silent might not be “denying” Jesus directly, you are denying Him by not taking a stand for His truth. I’ll tell you a story about my recent encounter with someone on Facebook. What happened was a video was posted discussing the issue of gay marriage and this woman made a comment informing people to make sure they go by what feels right after watching the video. I commented and let her know that feelings are part of what’s wrong right now in America and relying on God’s word, which is 1,000’s of years old is what we base our facts on.
A side note – when you think about what the scripture says about “feelings” you will recall it specifically calls out not trusting your own understanding.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Back to the story.
She replied and thanked me, letting me know she was on the fence about the topic and was happy for my insight. I sent her a “you’re welcome” and a link to gotquestions.org (best tool for any Christian looking for answers in my opinion). You see? That’s one small instance of where taking a stand for the truth can help someone in need. You don’t need harsh words and name calling like some do when you have God on your side. He’s never confused, upset, caught off guard or not aware. He’s working everything together like a beautiful symphony. We as Christians are never aware of when our conductor might be looking at us to do our part. It could be someone reading what you commented on or what they heard you say in the break room at work. You might never get an indicator of how someone took what you said like I did. They might have just read it and nodded in agreement, strengthening their faith just a smidge more. People are always watching you, reading what you’re saying and listening to your words. Even if you never hear from them.
We are Christians, and with each new passing day into the future, we will be persecuted, labeled and deemed as haters. Remember that the gate is narrow and do not be disheartened by the craziness of this world. It’s the closest to Hell any of us Christians will ever get.