I’m not real happy about it, but I’ve had the “pleasure” of interacting with quite a few people lately to whom I might refer as “closed-minded.”
I think this is a bad thing. Sitting in judgment of one thing or another without having read, question, sought clarification of, or really even paid attention to is just not healthy. I was reading something today that seems to put those of you who do this in pretty bad company. This is the brother of Jesus, named Jude, speaking to the church about people who are working AGAINST the church, such as false prophets, apostates, etc:
“But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturually, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. ”
It doesn’t advise simply against speaking out against stuff or people who are doing wrong; we should be doing that. We should always be discerning truth versus error.
It advises against speaking evil of things we do not know. This could mean judging a friend, relative, or co-worker for doing things that don’t seem right to you, but not knowing their whole circumstances. Or it could mean judging a pastor, speaker, or writer simply because “you think you heard” something from them that didn’t sound right to you, but you don’t care to check up on the context.
I think that just good ol’ common sense advise. I tend to gravitate sometimes toward this quote, which is attributed to Lincoln, Confucius, Twain, and probably many others:
“It is better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt”
Solomon seems to agree with that one:
“Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” Proverbs 17:28