Definition – Having or showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so.
Is this a sign of our times? Have we become a stubborn people? Has the voice of those we employ as our political representatives, given in to the dogged determination of their own thinking, rather than doing the work of we the people?
Throughout the history of man, this attribute of stubbornness can be a great motivator or an even greater detriment. When we’re stubborn, we’re often immovable as well. Nothing anyone says or does will change our mind. We believe we’re right and no words, deeds or other solutions are going to influence us.
In God’s Word we hear about the stubbornness of God’s people, Israel, as they hardened their hearts against their Creator. We see it as they fled from Egypt and found more and more to complain about.
Psalm 81:11-12 ““But my people did not listen to my voice. Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own counsels.”
Being stubborn is one of those attributes that conjures ideas of negativity to most of us, but it can be a great tool as well. When we’re stubborn for the right reasons, we are taking a stand and fighting for our beliefs. It takes a certain amount of tenacity to be stubborn. The word itself is connected to be persistent, adamant and determined. It’s also associated with being headstrong, unreasonable and pigheaded.
It seems to me that God wants us to follow Him in all our ways. When we’re considering things that will effect millions of others, we should consider carefully and look to God for answers that would serve Him well. We need to be steadfast in His teachings and strong willed when it comes to doing His work.
Unfortunately our people have lost some of that original stubborn as a mule mentality. We’ve become stiff-necked, resistant and often unreasonable. Being stubborn has positive connotations too. Maybe it’s time to look at that side of it.