By Lisa Cherry
We often hear this phrase, but I guess I am not sure what it means.
I think most would take it as a phrase denoting southern hospitality or neighborly love. But when you think about it, it is a strange phrase.
Who has an open door policy really? Open to whom? Everyone?
Even the robbers, murderers, and thugs?
Open to those who are dangerous, deceived, or contagious?
It made me think about the doors of my home. The one that we can see with our eyes on the front porch that we keep locked for our family's safety.
And the ones that are unseen which must also be protected....
The doors to our minds ...our hearts ...and our souls.
In my lifetime, I have felt the incredible pressure to live my life with an "open door policy."
"Lisa, you must be open-minded to be well educated."
"Lisa, don't you know you must open your heart to all people's views. Tolerance is letting each person be right."
Surely you have noticed these pressures too? Pressures to live in the new OPEN?
How about my kids? Have they accidentally absorbed an Open mentality even while living in my home? I have asked these questions of myself and my kids.
Why don’t you ...and your family... take our quiz to find out if you are living Open or Not Open? This issue is critical if we are to stay safely with our Lord.
Interesting point to ponder: God never said we were to be open-minded. It is found nowhere in the Bible. The mandate to be Open-minded comes from our modern culture.
In fact, we are not supposed to be OPEN minded. We are supposed to be Renewed-minded!
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
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