Prejudice in our thinking

Posted in

Here’s an observation that might be more “anecdotal” than actual. It seems that once adults make up their minds, they very rarely change them. For example, when it comes to watching or listening to the news, one person is drawn to the right and another to the left. You just don’t see people approaching the news of the day without some kind of prejudice.

You’ve heard the phrase, “A man convinced against his will, is of his opinion still.” The phrase appears in Dale Carnegie’s popular book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. It is separated from the main text, which means it was meant as a quotation and not an original saying. Carnegie gives no suggestion of where the original saying comes from. The origin of this old adage appears to go back a long time.

Now, the meaning of the phrase is something like this: “If you force someone to do something or agree with something, it doesn’t mean that they really agree.” The implication of this is significant. People choose churches, friends, news sources, books and articles often based on what they already believe. So, if you “force” them to read, attend, or watch something…tread lightly. If you agree with my premise, you’ll know why I have such a motivation to reach young people with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They have a genuine clean slate, looking for answers to the great questions of life. Those answers are found in the person of Jesus Christ.  John 14:6  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Worried about your pastor? Take the first step today.