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COMMENTARY: Christ’s message could not be more at odds with the aims of secular society, which is to live an unencumbered life on the broad, open and inclusive way.

Donald DeMarcoChrist tells us in the Gospel of Matthew something we need to know but are reluctant to accept:

“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (7:13-14).

The word “narrow” does not set well with secular thinking. Nor does it welcome anything that is “hard.” To be narrow-minded is a secular sin. And living on Easy Street is, for many, a cherished ambition. The world is in love with things that are “broad,” “open,” and “inclusive.” It also reveres the unencumbered life. Christ, on the other hand, is concerned about our salvation and his message could not be more at odds with the aims of secular society. …

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