These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
–Acts 17:11 (NKJV)
Many pride themselves of being open minded, but in actuality they are closed and not open to new ideas and concepts that might cramp their lifestyle.
Fair minded people are willing to listen to others and then measure what they say against the true or incorrect. That’s exactly what these Thessalonian people did.
Being fair minded is not a one time thing. It’s a daily thing as life is a daily thing.
At an evening reception one night I met a guy from the U.S. He was very nice and somehow we got talking about God. When asked I told him I am a Jesus Person, I follow Jesus. I said, How about you? He said I can’t be a Jesus person because I’m a homosexual. Jesus doesn’t like homosexuals he said. I responded Jesus loves us all more than you can imagine. Before the subject changed I planted the words, “we all desperately need Jesus.
From our short discussion, I could see he had a preconceived understanding of who Jesus is. He was allowing his sexual situation dictate his eternal future. Although I’m not sure if he was fair minded or not, we are Jesus’ hands and feet so I am confident the words I planted in his life will grow and bear fruit. We’ve all screwed up but only those who recognize their problem can fix their problem.
Because all people have sinned, they have fallen short of God’s glory. They receive God’s approval freely by an act of his kindness through the price Christ Jesus paid to set us free ?from sin?. God showed that Christ is the throne of mercy where God’s approval is given through faith in Christ’s blood. In his patience God waited to deal with sins committed in the past.
–Romans 3:23-25 (GWT)