Hello readers! I apologize for my one week absence in posting. I could give a myriad of excuses but I will simply leave it at the apology.
I would say the majority of individuals define stubbornness as something like: the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome. Now, this definition is absolutely true, but my contention is this: we ALWAYS equate stubbornness to a bad concept when it is not always bad.
Let's look at some other definitions that are equally as valid as the first one:
Dictionary.com - "unreasonably obstinate; obstinately unmoving: a stubborn child. "
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary: "unreasonably or perversely unyielding"
These are the initial definitions we all think of, and the ones first presented in any dictionary. However, there are other definitions in the same sources! Definitions that we far too often forget:
"Fixed or set in purpose or opinion; resolute."
"Justifiably unyielding: Resolute."
You'll notice these definitions are put more in a positive light. We continually push stubbornness as a negative trait when often times it is not. Consider this: What if our forefathers had not be "stubborn" in fighting for freedom? What if Martin Luther had not been "stubborn" in his religious views? What if Gutenberg had not been "stubborn" in believing all people should be able to read the Bible?
I won't waste your time by discussing how improper stubbornness is destructive and annoying because you already know that. So let's talk about how often we refuse to be "justifiably stubborn".
For example: an Atheist walks up to me and says, "Hey there! God doesn't exist, you shouldn't believe in Him, it's all a joke, you should give it up and stop believing in Him."
Me: "Oh gosh. I bet you're right! I guess it is pretty silly to believe. Sure, I'll give up on Christianity."
NO! Why would I do that? That doesn't make ANY sense. I have every right to be "stubborn" in my view-point and beliefs. Just as I would expect a staunch atheist to not simply give up all of his views and become a Christian just because I tell him he should. Sure, he is wrong in his beliefs, but he would see me as wrong in mine as well. My point is this: as Christian we should be stubborn. We should stand our ground and be "Justifiably unyielding", for if we are not then we are Luke-warm (or worse) Christians.
I urge you to consider this principle. Yes, refrain from wrongful stubbornness, but never forget that there are two distinct definitions of stubbornness. Don't give up on your beliefs and faith. As a Christian you are on the right side and many will try to sway you against it, be stubborn! Stand your ground.
Webster's 1828 Dictionary:
Persevering; persisting; steady; constant; as stubborn attention. Hardy; firm; enduring without complaint; as stubborn Stoics (A person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining). Refractory; not easily melted or worked; as a stubborn ore or metal.