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Submission, Authority and Rebellion

November 19th, 2010

Rebellion equals freedom! We didn’t actually say it quite like that, but that’s the premise from which we’ve operated since we were about 12 or 13 years old. It just made sense. The best way to get free is to rebel against the rules, or ignore the rules altogether, because as long as I was keeping rules, I wasn’t really free. And we grow up and that sort of morphs into a more sophisticated version of the same thing.

As adults, we know that rebelling doesn’t equal freedom because we know the prisons are full of people who rebelled and they lost all their freedom! So, we’re too smart for that, but there’s still this insidious distortion that follows us into adulthood. The adult version goes like this: “If I disagree with a rule, I’ll ignore it, I’ll disobey it, I’ll disregard it.” It’s the same distortion. It’s just the adult version. “I’m still going to be free and I’m still going to do what I want to do. But instead of dismissing all authority, I’ll just take it one rule at a time, one law at a time. And if I don’t like the rule, if I think it’s too extreme, if I think it’s irrelevant – one rule at a time I’ll evaluate and if I disagree I’ll just decide to disregard it.”

This is a huge distortion that dominates our society. It impacts us in so many different ways. Come along to Churchcentral this Sunday and see what light the Bible casts on how we should view authority. Is it ever right to break the law? How should I respond if those in authority have got it wrong? What does it look like in my family life, at school, college and work? These are just some of the questions that will get answered.
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