By Jim Sim
The bible describes rebellion ‘as the sin of witchcraft’. OUCH!
This does not mean that these two sins are the same in degree (murder is worse than vanity; they have different degrees) but it means they are of the same kind, (cheating is the same kind of sin as lying)
So what does rebellion have to do with witchcraft, in kind?
They both state a strong, anti-God message, that says; ‘I do not need you God’...
It is like flipping the following scripture upside down “My ways are higher than yours”, telling God that you can get better results on your own, with no help from him. But it also goes one step further by stating that; 'not only will I do fine choosing my own methods to know and develop my future, but
I will do explicitly the exact opposite of what you have stated, even when I know what you have stated'.
Witchcraft is categorically condemned by God as a destructive practice for the human spirit, so to go ahead and practice it will bring negative impact to you, but it is also a direct and explicit insult to God. And thus, so is rebellion because it too is destructive to the individual human spirit, as well as to those around about us in our families and in society. I know, because I’ve practiced rebellion.
Rebellion can be often touted as a back handed compliment, (I know this too, because I’ve received it that way) but it actually reflected a lack of character and spiritual and moral maturity.
Rebellion is not a noble drive
to challenge what you think must be challenged, rebellion is when you can’t resist the urge and must challenge. Throwing rocks (metaphorical) at leaders and those in authority from a safe distance on the back row of life is easy, lazy, and all too common. Dressed up in ‘someone needs to say something, I’m rebelling for Jesus’. I’m not confident that Jesus is buying into that philosophy.
Leading, contributing, adding, engaging, finding solutions, caring, loving; are harder and they cost more, but they are the road to maturity and seeing the blessings of God, especially through partnership and connection within a group.
Don’t be confused or trapped by rebellion’s deceit. If you feel that you just have to rebel, and you just can’t hold in your opposition or opinion; having to attack, judge, criticize, disrespect, go the opposite direction with a sense of disdain and righteous indignation, you may not be as free and mature and strong as you like to think you are.
Free people don’t feel the drive to rebel. Free people can lead, appreciate, add value, lead change with kindness, mercy, love.
No-one can take what is in your soul, but you can give it away. Rebelling is often a deception that tells me I can be more free, by fighting and by fighting to protect what is mine. When you rebel to protect it, you just gave it away and gave away your personal sovereignty to malignant spirit who will exploit your new found “individuality and self expression of independence”, making you more of a prisoner to fear and tyranny than before.
If you feel you must fight, must antagonize, must argue, must make a stand against… then you are in your own internal prison. You are not promoting freedom from tyranny you’re just revealing your own inner oppression and the tyranny of fear within, especially fear and displeasure of those who live in the freedom, that you wish you had. They may be wrong at times but they live happy, free, full lives.
Jesus frees us from our own rebelliousness.
He has helped me with this in remarkable ways, and given me freedom to disagree, disapprove, keep it to myself and love people even when they are wrong, and sometimes when he prompts, be a useful agent that can contribute to change.
This is a freedom that I enjoy much more than the illusion of freedom that I thought I once had by rebelling against every tyrant, (real and/or perceived).
I pray for your freedom, peace and and overflow of life.