I’ve been thinking about rebellion lately.
The power it has to destroy us.
The glee it must cause satan to see it take us down.
The slow and slogging row we have to hoe when we rebel at every turn.
The way lives crumble, as long time supporters of good causes reject leadership initiatives meant to shake us out of our complacency and set us back on the path of spiritual progress.
Disclaimer: I am a rebel and I’m married to a rebel, which is why rebellion is an important topic for me.
I don’t think rebellion of every kind is necessarily bad, but I do think rebellion against God and changes He tries to bring into our lives can destroy us. We need to be awake and aware in order to avoid finding ourselves in rebellion’s snare.
I believe there are good rebels in the world.
Good rebels are those who stand up to tyranny, and defend the weak among us.
Good rebels shout out their disagreement when deals are made that only serve the rich.
Good rebels ask penetrating questions that we sometimes don’t want to hear, like…
“Why do we have to do it that way?”
“What is wrong with doing it another way?”
“It seems to me that doing it this way is hurting more than it’s helping, don’t you agree?”
These are all good and valid questions good rebels ask.
Bad rebels take the good that good rebels have created and pervert it.
Bad rebels often have good reasons for why they do what they do, but they lack the insight to see that their motives are wrong, or that not everyone affected by their choices will benefit in the same way as they themselves will.
Bad rebels keep good people from getting where they need to go by virtue of the sour attitudes they bring to every conversation they have. Their main desire is to be in charge, and to rebel against power structures not formed by them.
Bad rebels want constantly to upset the status quo. They are never happy with circumstances that don’t reflect their world view and their love of chaos.
WHEN GOOD PEOPLE REBEL IN BAD WAYS
The truth is that sometimes good people get sucked into bad head space. They think that if they rebel against what they currently find objectionable, everything will go back to “normal,” and they will once again be “happy” and “content,” (whatever that means). What they fail to realize is that their actions are impacting someone else’s contentment, and their reluctance to accept change is born of fear. Bad rebels hate change!
Fear is a factor for many of us. We need to turn it over to God.
What if life does change? What if everything we know as normal is upended? What if our comfort is fractured, broken into a million pieces by the unpredictability of life? What if our solid rock of sameness tumbles down the mountainside of our comfort, and we’re left with quicksand beneath our feet? What will we do then?
Be careful in your hour of rebellion to act, speak, and believe in right ways.
Good rebels forcefully move the kingdom forward in positive, if somewhat uncomfortable, ways.
Be a good rebel for God!
When have you found yourself rebelling? What was the outcome of your rebellion?