Some time in the week, the scripture made itself known to me:
“13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell* is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7, NIV)
Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. It makes me think that the road to life, eternal life, and heaven is not by popular consensus.
I realise that it’s probably not helpful to hyper-analyse the metaphors that Christ is using but the narrow gate sounds like something off the beaten path, a gate for the man who has slowed down a little and is looking around, taking a path that may not look like it goes somewhere exciting. The highway to hell sounds like a large multi-lane highway designed by good architects and built by a well-known civils contractor but going to a place that no one wants to end up in.
It’s easy to recognise the difference when observing the culture around us: political correctness has a large tent that welcomes most – including other religions – with the exception of basic fundamentalist Christianity.
They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and in the name of good intentions we have things like easy abortion, all the cannabis you can consume, something like 30 defined genders, see-no-evil and hear-no-evil when it comes to anything to do with sharia law. It’s all acceptable to society but you have a few Christians going about their business and spreading the gospel and all of a sudden, the level of tolerance drops to the bottom.
All that to say, it’s easy to go along, but it’s difficult to take the narrow path and stay on it.
Greg Laurie, a noted pastor in America, tweeted recently: “You don’t enlist in the military and expect a life of ease. Don’t expect the same for the Christian life.”