I have not yet parsed the following truth into an edible format. So please forgive me if it isn’t a cute little saying. I’ll try to keep this very short, but it’s packed with volumes of understanding.
Pride and education are firmly bound together.
If I try to give free advice to someone, they are not likely to consider it very valuable. It doesn’t matter how priceless the advice may be. If it cost them nothing they equate free advice with trivia. Or perhaps worse, that I’m meddling in their affairs.
On the other hand. If I make someone pay tuition to sit in a classroom and receive that same advice, they are likely to consider it priceless. Having said that, I could make someone pay tuition and feed them nothing but lies and they would think it is priceless truth. Oh wait, that’s what most modern colleges are doing.
If I speak the truth to a stranger, he thinks I am proudly wielding wisdom. He considers me to full of myself. If I put that same information in a fortune cookie, the receiver thinks he has found gold.
I’ll say it again and let the reader stew over this. Pride and education are firmly bound together.
The message of Jesus is free to any man who will listen. He has come to us from heaven and given us heavenly words. What he gave us is beyond any possible price. But the world treats his words as if they are useless. Or at best, they are useful for children only.
If he had charged admission, I suspect the world would treat his words greatly different. And if the church would charge admission on Sunday mornings, I would guess the pews would be packed full.
You think that’s too much to say? I don’t.