A few words today about the exclusivity of Christ.
Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it. ~ Matthew 7:13-14
We said yesterday that the Narrow Way is Christ Himself, and that said, the remaining choices make up this Broad Way.
One of the highest values in American Culture today is tolerance. It is enforced in our schools. Our colleges preach it. The media demands it. It is, or soon will be the highest goal of our society.
- Tolerance is valued above honesty.
- Tolerance is valued above premarital (or any other type of) purity.
- Tolerance is valued above integrity.
Just for fun, I looked up the values of a Boy Scout which in the 1960’s would have been looked at as a good standard for raising young men. Check it out:
The Scout Law:
A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.[i]
Hey – I was never a scout, and I am not equating scouting with Christianity. What I am pointing out is now this new high water mark for Character has risen above all of these heretofore highly esteemed character traits.
One of the world’s complaints with those of us in Christ, is that we are not tolerant. Christ Himself declares here, and elsewhere, there is only one way. He will make this declaration in no uncertain terms a couple years hence when He tells his inner circle:
I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me. ~ John 14:6
Again, I am left with the conclusion that Jesus is the ONLY Way, He is the narrow gate, and the broad way and wide gate encompasses all other avenues
of life to death. As we will find in these closing verses of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is so exclusive, it can not even be Christ and …, it must be Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone. [Tweet This]
See you again soon.
[i] Value of the Scouts, A study of ethics and character, by Harris Interactive, http://www.scouting.org/FILESTORE/marketing/pdf/02-882.pdf