Persuasion

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      mcdressler
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      Kaydy Dressler

      Government

      September 22, 2017

      Persuasion

      As chapter one of <i>The Republic </i>opens, Socrates is returning home from a religious festival where he encounters Plato’s brother, Adeimantus, as well as a nobleman named Polemarchus who convinces Socrates to join him for dinner. Socrates is reluctant to join Polemarchus, however, and the man continues with little luck to persuade him. He claims that Socrates has only two choices: to go to dinner or fight his men (Plato, 3). Socrates reveals another choice, “Isn’t there still one other possibility… our persuading you that you must let us go?” Taken aback, Polemarchus slyly responds, “Could you really persuade, if we don’t listen?”(Plato, 4).

      While reading this passage, my eyes (and ears) were opened to the fact that many times God whispers quietly to each of us. He reminds us of his love, he asks us to serve him, and he gives us peace among various other things. However, due to all the noise and chaos of life thundering around us, our ears become closed, and we lose the ability to truly be persuaded by God. We add God’s voice to the million other sounds entering and exiting our ears, so this special gift no longer can be heard. Solomon describes the depth of listening to God in Proverbs 2:1-5, “My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Throughout our journey at Mars Hill, we are taught to love wisdom and seek understanding. However, in order to truly reach these goals, our ears must be inclined to listening to what God has in store for us, what he desires for us to accomplish. Imagine what can happen if we completely open our ears as well as our hearts to hearing God and acting upon these persuading whispers.

    • #1192

      michael
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      I am choosing to elaborate on Kaydy’s point. The stance that those who wished to talk with Socrates took, indeed, was that of not listening. Another thing that can be seen from this is that they resolved not to hear because they did not want to be persuaded. Relating this to what Kaydy asserted, yes, we do have to seek what God wants, but I think we fail to here from God because of our stubbornness. I would venture to tweak Kaydy’s assertion and say that God does not whisper but yells at us, but we close our ears because deep down we know what God would tell us and we do not want to hear it.

    • #1213

      wgshort
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      I am in agreement with Kaydy’s essay. Hearing what God is whispering to us is vital for the way we live our lives. These daily whispers come in a variety of different ways for different people. For some, they hear God’s whispers best through reading the Bible. For others, they may hear it best from other Christians’ spiritual advise. Still others may hear it best from the Holy Spirit living inside them. God speaks to us in contrasting ways, because we all need to hear something specific from Him. The Lord knows the exact words we need to hear and the source from which we need to hear them. He works all this out in His perfect timing, so that we are without excuse to listen and act upon His wisdom.

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