I must admit; I have been accused of being “Hardheaded”. I may have even been accused a few times of being “Hardhearted”, and at times I would probably agree that I can be both. But I do pray that I have never hardhearted toward God and His Word. I have argued with the Lord a time or two, and in the end realized He is right and I am wrong.
I have personal Christian convictions; not preferences which I will stand on till death if I must. If that is hard-headed, then so be it. I can also be hard-hearted; at least seemingly to others; in my actions and words toward people. I really do not intend to be. If I am not hard at times I will weep, and seem weak. I have said these things to point you toward some verses in Ezekiel, and God’s word to him concerning his message to the captives in Babylon. Hear the word of the LORD…
‘And He said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with My words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel; not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto Me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted. Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. Moreover He said unto me, Son of man, all My words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears. And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.” Ezekiel 3:4-11 (KJV)
I have meant in no way to put myself alongside this man of God, the prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel was a captive in Babylon along with the others of Judah. He was a prophet in captivity with his people, and was to preach to them; to call them back to God while being held by the enemy. His purpose was to call them to repentance and to GOD.
The Lord GOD was telling him that this was a hardhearted, hardheaded people, and He was going to make the prophet so as well; only to stand against the ungodliness of the people. In the people they were refusing to hear the word of God, even after seeing the word of the LORD fulfilled by their city being overthrown, their king was taken captive, his sons killed before his eyes, and then dragged against their will to Babylon. Now, Ezekiel was to prepare them for the years ahead. Captives in a foreign land; and they were not going to listen to God “But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto Me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.”
When Christians are captive in an evil society we must hear the word of God over the words of men. When we refuse to hear the words of judgment and only listen to the words of promise we refuse it all. The words of judgment are also words of promise. If God said it; it will come to pass.
Let us; those of us who call ourselves “Christian” or “Born again” be hardhearted toward those who reject the word of God; and be hardheaded for the word of God, loving God more than we do things or people. If we care more about what people say or think of us, than we do God; then we are loving people more than we love God and His Son Jesus. Do you love Jesus Christ and His word more than you do the thoughts of humankind?
You better change your heart and mind if you do.