Read: 1 Samuel 15:10-24
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
1 Samuel 15:23
Many people are duped by false religions. However, even most of them would agree that one of the ways to get the farthest away from God is to be involved in something that the devil has both of his hands in – witchcraft. The diabolical dealings of Satanic worship is a hideous way to live, yet God equates rebellion directly to the sin of witchcraft. Although anyone could fall prey to the sin of rebellion, teenagers seem to be the most susceptible to it.
The whole idea behind the cultural revolution of the hippie movement in the ‘60s and ‘70s was the idea of rebellion against any type of authority. Rebellion has its roots in the belief that we are better than, and that we know more than, those that God has placed in authority over us. The outside of a person often reflects his heart, but regardless of what the outside portrays, rebellion flourishes in a soul steeped in self-importance and pride.
How can you tell if you have an attitude of rebellion against authority? Well, do you have as little contact as possible with those in authority? Rebels tend to avoid their parents, youth pastor, pastor, etc., because those in leadership roles are those who the rebel feels are the biggest threat to his “individuality” and his unending desire to please himself. Do you have very little interest in spiritual things? Rebels often want nothing to do with church, holiness, or making decisions for Christ. Do you lack a smile, and often wear a look of disgust on your face? To the rebel, nothing humors them unless they came up with it, and their rebellious attitude often leaves them feeling depressed and low. Do the friends you hang out with push you away from godliness and toward the things of the world? You are inclined to be just like the people with whom you associate, and if theirs is an attitude of rebellion, then very likely yours is, or soon will be, just like theirs. Do you hate the rules and long for the day when you can finally be on your own and be free to live your life in any sensual way you please? That is the ultimate characteristic of a young man with a rebellious attitude.
To get out from under the power of rebellion, you must first admit that you have a problem. Realize that those in authority know more than you do and that they have your best interest at heart when they correct you. Confess your rebellion to God and ask him to cultivate a new spirit within you that will be pleasing to Him.
Quote of the day: “By gnawing through a dyke, even a rat may drown a nation.”