The book and film is about a woman whose husband was shot dead. A million-dollar lawsuit was launched against the gun manufacturer as to the ease with which guns could be obtained.
A jury was selected, and two parties tried to influence their thought patterns. The first party was led by a member of the jury who had lost someone dear through a gun shooting, and the second was led by the defence counsel, who tried to blackmail every member of the jury with information about their past lives.
The first party managed to persuade the jury to vote against the gun manufacturer, and the prosecution won millions of dollars in compensation for their client.
What made the difference was the approach adopted by both parties in trying to sway the jury. The first party stuck to the facts and empathised with the other jury members when he found out they were being blackmailed. The second party used an aggressive and negative approach which had no lasting impact on the jury.
In trying to convince people to accept the gospel, we need to stick to the facts of the gospel and not try to manipulate people into salvation, as confirmed in Titus 1 verses 9 – 11:
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach – and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
We need to teach the truth so our ‘jury’ – which is made up of non-Christians – is not put off!
Shalom – Love Never Fails
©Insight for the Day 2014