It was the first day of kindergarten. I was 5-years old and wanted to ride the bus to school with all my neighborhood friends. My mom said “no.” She was going to drive me. (In retrospect, 23 years later, I kinda sort-of see my mom’s perspective, but at the time, my first-born, independent and, dare I say, rebellious tendencies, were all in full swing.)
My mom dropped me off at school (as any parent would want on their kid’s first day) and by the end of the day this rebel had a plan.
I decided to show my mother I could ride the bus. Yep, I hopped on the bus with my friends, made it home with no problems, then sat at the front door and waited for what felt like hours.
I didn’t have a house key and no one was home.
Meanwhile, my mother and elementary school principal were running around the city in search of a “lost child.”
Eventually they both showed up at our house to find me sitting there…chilling…wondering why they seemed so frantic.
I’m sure half of y’all want to beat me right now. Lol
This has pretty much been the story of my life. I’ve been this fearless girl who doesn’t mind stepping outside of the “safe zone.” I’m independent, I’m not afraid to ask questions, I don’t trust the “majority,” I’m usually uninterested in what’s popular and I think…a lot.
I’ve had friends, mentors, and even my own mother call me rebellious because of my choices, reactions or responses to many different situations. For years, I’ve carried this label that apparently has been rooted in me since early childhood.
At one point in life, I thought it was a negative or bad characteristic of mine. Was I sinning every time I disagreed or asked questions? Was not going with the crowd a bad thing? Should I just accept all these rules and the ways of the world and stop being so difficult?
Today I’ve come to embrace my rebel tendencies. I recognize them as God-given. I’m thankful even!
You see, my generation is full of rebels and I’m quite sure the numbers will only increase as time goes by. No one likes to be told what to do. No one wants to adhere to the laws of the land or listen to their parents or any other authoritative figure. The idea of respect is becoming a thing of the past. We are a generation full of rebels without a cause.
Then in steps people like me: I’ll call us the New Reformed Rebels. We operate from this same position of insubordination but our opposition is towards a worthy and deserving target: Satan and all his cultural influences.
You see if more New Reformed Rebels don’t step up and speak the truth of God’s word in the darkest of times, Christianity will die (strong statement that I don’t want to fully explain here so interpret how you want, but don’t get stuck here…keep reading). The church grows and spreads in the face of persecution, only when believers are willing to endure the persecution. We, as believers, if we really want to have influence and impact, need the faith to live and die for the gospel of Jesus Christ because if we don’t, we will cower in the face of challenge, opposition, discomfort, and threat.
This is precisely the clarion call heralding from Mark Driscoll’s new book, “A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?”
He emphasizes the point that Christianity is no longer well respected by the majority (we may think it still is because we live in our Christian bubbles with our nice Christian churches and conferences, but the reality is, Christianity is seen as a joke). Meaning, life just got harder for anyone who truly wants to be a Christian and follow Jesus. “And we have every reason to believe that things are only going to get worse,” says Driscoll.
“We are going to be persecuted. And much of that will come not as much in the form of getting thrown to the lions as getting thrown to the critics. But we are to keep our wits and rejoice with gladness because this life is as close to hell as we will ever get.”
Being called to represent Jesus on this earth is a privilege.
“If we truly care about alleviating human suffering, then we must concern ourselves not only with practicing good deeds but also with preaching the Good News in hopes that people trust in Jesus and avoid eternal suffering—which is the worst suffering of all.“
Yes this world is full of foolishness and blatant evils that are absolutely contrary to God’s word. Yes, with gay marriage, abortion, marijuana, pornography, overtly sexual and violent songs, films and television shows getting more search engine action, video plays and social media likes than Jesus Christ or the Bible, it may seem like we’re fighting a hopeless battle from a defeated position with 1/10th of the manpower and ammunition, but I’ll assure you, what’s visible is not the reality.
According to Driscoll, “We should feel honored instead of hopeless. God always sends the best soldiers on the toughest missions to liberate the weariest captives.”
It’s go time people.