Broad-minded: (adj) tolerant or liberal in one’s views and reactions
Presumably, to be a Christian is to possess the mind of Christ.
So that begs the question, what is the mind of Christ?
356 denominations in the Protestant movement meet together every week to advertise their concept of Jesus’ mental status. No wonder we have confusion. It’s a bit surprising that it hasn’t turned into a theological Demolition Derby.
What saves us from murdering each other is a common understanding of a few attributes of the personality of Jesus which are universally accepted.
- He loved people.
- He wasn’t pretentious.
- He had a servant’s heart.
- He was willing to die to save the world.
Without these, we would probably have just as many sects of terrorists as the Muslims.
For even with the predilection to shun particular lifestyles, every denomination is still stuck with the warning from Jesus: “Judge not lest you be judged” and “Those that are not against us are for us.”
So what does it mean to be broad-minded? The definition is very simple, but more complicated in application.
To be broad-minded is to acknowledge that some things are just none of our damn business.
The only debate is: which ones and how many?