Christianity Equals True Rebellion. We’ve Had It All Wrong.

Christianity Equals True Rebellion. We’ve Had It All Wrong.

When someone brings up the word “Rebellion” I guarantee the first thing on your mind isn’t becoming a Christian, following Christ, nor anything to do with the positive side of religion. The idea of rebelling against something or someone is normally seen as bad, but when rebellion is put within the context of Christianity, it’s oddly enough meant for good.

Alice Cooper once said,

“Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll is easy. True christianity…that’s rebellion.” 

Coming from a guy who was submerged into the world of rock ‘n’ roll, that statement comes with a powerful punch.

Here is what this statement is saying: 

1. Following the world is expected and quite normal.

2. Following Jesus is where real rebellion comes to play. It’s insanely bold.

The idea of rebelling against the world is something many historical characters are found doing throughout the Bible. Jesus and His twelve disciples are just one of the many examples of people who are rebelling against what society would say is normal, all in order to pursue the righteousness and truth of Christ.

Romans 12:2 states,

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

While the world is calling us to conform to its patterns and customs, the Word of God is encouraging us to rebel against what society would call normal. We’re called to be social misfits, all for the sake of Jesus and his promises.

According to the laws of the US government, I am legally allowed to get drunk, smoke cigarettes, buy pornography, gamble, go to strip clubs, buy marijuana (in some states), get a tattoo without parent consent, and even visit a brothel in Nevada.

Although I am legally allowed to do all of these things, I have chosen to rebel against what society would call normal, and instead follow the guidance of Christ. This isn’t to say that someone who has a glass of wine, has a problem with nicotine, gets tattoos, or even plays poker with their friends should be condemned. In fact, I will be honest enough to admit I have tattoos, plan on getting more, and occasionally like to have a glass of wine with my wife during dinner. What I’m saying is that Jesus called us to rebel against the customs of the world in order to reflect an image that opposes it. We’re called to do things that reflect the persona of Christ to HIS glory, and not the customs of the world around us.

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” -Matthew 5:14

If we truly want to live like Christ, then we are called to live a life different from the worldOne that rebels against its customs and regularities.

Be rebellious.

-Jarrid Wilson

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11 Comments

  • scappalisegi July 9, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    this song is titled: “True Rebellion” and talks exaclty about that…

  • Sarah April 23, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Thanks for posting Jarrid! I was reminded about how being rebellious in living my life for Christ is the answer and to continuously see HIM on a daily basis. Through his redemptive power, forgiveness and mercy, my sins are forgiven in times when I went after the things of the world. Thank you Lord for your everlasting love, grace and mercy :) Amen.

  • Molly April 23, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    This is exactly what I needed today. I hear people refer to some people as “super” Christian in a derogatory way. The reality is that you can’t be “super” Christian. You’re either Christian or you’re not. Being rebellious is how a Christian should live.

  • Sharon de Vries-Bowers April 23, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    Its so funny after 2000 years following Jesus is still considered rebellious. Like you said above so many things that should be against the law is legal but don’t you dare try to pray in school or a park or anywhere public you could get arrested. YEAH I’M PROUD TO FOLLOW JESUS and pray anywhere I want :-) God bless you and your family and keep up the good work.

  • retrogal91 April 22, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    This is awesome!!I love it!

  • MockingJay (@SuperJaycee) April 22, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Amen for that brother!

  • Alex April 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Society seems to read the Bible in one of two ways, or both ways at the same time: as a historical document, and as an instructional/theological document. What if we read the Bible as a philosophical document? So many books that are read in an academic, secular environment are given the advantage of being read in a wide variety of ways. But the Bible, instead of being given more freedom, is given less. It’s surrounded by preset ideas of theology that dictate how the book is to be read and what it means already. Instead of questioning our understanding of the Bible, and the understanding of the numerous Biblical authors. we assume that the Bible is to be read literally and to encourage (re-enforce) our ways of life. Perhaps there is an entirely new dimension of truth that can only be accessed by having the courage to see the Bible through a different lens of understanding. In a sense, this too would be a rebellion. The New Testament is primarily a collection of letters, mostly written by Paul. It was he who wrote, “The letter kills but the Spirit gives life.” I think it would be beneficial to stop reading other people’s mail like it was written directly to us, and start looking for the “inner word” that speaks to our society today, from His spirit to ours.

  • Rona Lasaca April 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Yes, i’m also agree. Making a difference is not really easy, but if we allow God to move in our lives, all things are possible. And now, we, as christian its a challenge for us to do this! Lets make Jesus famous.

  • Jen April 22, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Love this, just what I needed to read today!

  • Gabriel April 22, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Amen! Let’s be different and set apart!

  • Nancy April 22, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Love it!

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