[quote="ManOnFire, post:9, topic:218056"]
That sounds like very effective advice for the sender to improve his/her message. Since communication involves both a sender and a receiver, and our digital age of tweets and texts does not allow much time or space for proper spelling, grammar, and reasoning, and since some people are believing the unelected pop culture media's propaganda as the correct one, I feel we need to inform more receivers that just because pop culture media has annointed them as being "open minded," they are actually closing their minds to merely consider other options.
It's almost as if we need a public service announcement alerting people to this fact. But the mainstream media editors control the airwaves, so they will not allow the Truth to be told if telling the Truth decreases their influence over public opinion. We're in a critical jam. We need to get the word out that in the age of quick messages, people need to stay open minded to Church teaching and why this message is important. Too many receivers immediately close their minds to merer consideration of whether or not the message is TRUE if their EMOTIONS are negatively affected. Too often, messages that foretell sacrifice or lack of fun are immediately rejected by some, closed-minded style. How can we keep the receivers thinking? How do we fight the media propaganda?
We could just try living the Gospel. A life lived is louder than any number of words. Why do you think Mother Theresa was so compelling? Not because her words gave credence to her works, but because her works gave credence to her words. She was listened to because of how she lived, not because of how she framed her message verbally. She lived not to send a message of her own imagining, but rather she lived to please God. If we follow God, God will do the talking.
We also should get rid of the idea that we are living in some special time. People of our time are not so different from people of other ages. Our problems are not so terribly different. Rather, they are the same banal problems humanity has always faced, put together in today's unique combination.
As for those who consider themselves open-minded, I think you would be less upset if you remembered not to take the self-assessment of anyone, including yourself, at face value. We are all blind when it comes to looking at ourselves. When we see someone who is self-deceived, rather, we would do well to recognize our kinship, so our compassion can come from that recognition.
Do not worry too much about strategies, but keep your mind open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, who sees into every heart you will ever speak to. Remember that you are not required to be successful, but only to be faithful. Look at the creative way that St. Paul approached the "open-minded" of his own day. Yet even he, unrivaled evangelizer that he was, did not convince the majority of his listeners:
"While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he grew exasperated at the sight of the city full of idols. So he debated in the synagogue with the Jews and with the worshipers, and daily in the public square with whoever happened to be there.
Even some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers engaged him in discussion. Some asked, "What is this scavenger trying to say?" Others said, "He sounds like a promoter of foreign deities," because he was preaching about 'Jesus' and 'Resurrection.' They took him and led him to the Areopagus and said, "May we learn what this new teaching is that you speak of? For you bring some strange notions to our ears; we should like to know what these things mean." Now all the Athenians as well as the foreigners residing there used their time for nothing else but telling or hearing something new.
Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said: "You Athenians, I see that in every respect you are very religious. For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines, I even discovered an altar inscribed, 'To an Unknown God.' What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all that is in it, the Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in sanctuaries made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands because he needs anything. Rather it is he who gives to everyone life and breath and everything. He made from one the whole human race to dwell on the entire surface of the earth, and he fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their regions, so that people might seek God, even perhaps grope for him and find him, though indeed he is not far from any one of us.
For 'In him we live and move and have our being,' as even some of your poets have said, 'For we too are his offspring.' Since therefore we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the divinity is like an image fashioned from gold, silver, or stone by human art and imagination. God has overlooked the times of ignorance, but now he demands that all people everywhere repent because he has established a day on which he will 'judge the world with justice' through a man he has appointed, and he has provided confirmation for all by raising him from the dead."
When they heard about resurrection of the dead, some began to scoff, but others said, "We should like to hear you on this some other time." And so Paul left them. But some did join him, and became believers. Among them were Dionysius, a member of the Court of the Areopagus, a woman named Damaris, and others with them. Acts. 17:16-34