My Thoughts. . .
“Don’t confuse me with facts, my mind is made up.” Hey! Don’t knock it. Some will not listen to a salesman attempting to sell them a burial policy. Why do they play deaf and dumb? Because if you listen to the sales pitch, it might make you die sooner! Haven’t you heard the well-worn axiom? “If you don’t admit it, it won’t happen”?
King Agrippa bought into that belief when he questioned Paul by saying, “”Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” (Acts 26:28). He wanted to hear no more. Some will not give up a cherished belief for several reasons.
1). An admission of error is impossible for a King and others to admit.
2). Some do not wish to admit that they have been wrong.
3). It may embarrass the individual, his family, his job, or his reputation.
4). For some an admission of being wrong is equal to sinning against the Holy Spirit.
- For some to admit error on one point, may mean they’re wrong on another.
Paul’s information caused King Agrippa to lose his curiosity over this Jew who had converted to the condemned Jesus. When one’s mind is made up, it may be like concrete. Only a divine explosion can crack it. Agrippa did not wish to light the fuse, much less experience the explosion of God’s dynamite. So, he ended the discussion.
Hard headiness is not restricted to Kings. Paul was bitten by the disease. On the first preaching journey, the young disciple John Mark had given up and gone home. It did not sit well with Paul. Barnabas, Paul’s right-hand man wanted to give Mark another opportunity. Paul would not agree. This led to “a sharp disagreement (contention).” Have you ever seen two hardheaded preachers in a face-to-face argument? It ended with Barnabas and Mark going one direction to preach and Paul and Silas traveling in another (Acts 15:37-40). Sometime later Paul realized his mistake and admitted it by telling Mark he was profitable to him in his ministry (2 Timothy 4:11). That does not often happen. Paul developed a characteristic which few will allow to grow. His admission concerning Mark was brought about by humility.
I once knew a man who was an excellent worker, but he refused to do anything a female employee would ask him to do. Even if the owner sent the work order by that woman. He lost his job due to that shortcoming. I’ve known individuals who lost good jobs because they thought their ideas were superior to what their employer wanted. We sometimes make up our minds and no one is going to tell us what to do regardless of the consequences.
Eve changed man’s entire history because her view of one tree’s fruit was better than the fruit from the other trees. No harm in trying, right? Noah’s generation refused to believe in something they had never experienced, and their view drowned with them. Jonah didn’t want to waste his time nor energy in preaching to the pagan people of Nineveh. God knew better, but hard headiness can give God’s people stiff necks. Some become hardheaded because of a misplaced allegiance. Corinth had that problem and divided their loyalty between four excellent preachers (1 Corinthians 1:10-13). People have sat on housetops waiting for Jesus to appear because respected preachers gave them the incorrect date. Hard headiness has created multiple misinterpretations of the Bible which have been accepted with a hook, line, and sinker attitude.
The reward of hard headiness can give the owner a hard way to go. It can develop into division, false doctrine, believer alienation, misunderstandings, and false accusations which leads to soul damaging results.
So, “Don’t confuse me with facts, my mind is made up.”