Dialogue keeps us connected and protects our gravity.
Jesus is living the greatest mutiny ever – we should not waste our rebellion on each other.
Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt
Read Hebrews 3:7-19
Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partners of Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end.
More thoughts for meditation
If you follow Jesus, you are going to be seen as a rebel—both within American church culture and popular culture. But merely being a rebel is not the point. The point is to follow Jesus. Following Jesus is what makes you a rebel. Otherwise, you are just a rebel.
Being subversive is kind of “hip.” Following Jesus transcends the latest expression of human rebelliousness, which is usually what being “hip” is all about.
Being rebellious is kind of necessary; there is so much to rebel against! Following Jesus is our rebellion. We are for the kingdom of God, not just against what we left when Jesus called us.
All this seems kind of obvious until we consider how often we feel like rebelling just for the sake of not following. We often abuse the people closest to us because they are easy targets for our rebellious desire; they provide us the safety to express our deceived hearts—being cool, or being contrary. This reaction is as regular as a cool, “You go on without me” or a hot, “No, I am not going to be the one to take out that trash!”
It is ironic, at least, that in the church, which is made up of all of us, that someone would rebel against it—”No, I am not going to submit to the ‘man’ by singing that song!” It is like hating your own body, something sick people do sometimes. Jesus is leading us in his great mutiny against sin and death. Being in mutiny against the mutiny is being in league with sin and death isn’t it?
Some supposed mutineers are really just tools of some unsubversive system—”No, I don’t love Jesus, but I have a lot of causes that I do love and that I can control a lot better.” Some supposed mutineers are really just preoccupied with avoiding people who are “other” than them—aren’t as cool, aren’t as as organic, aren’t as as holy, aren’t as engaged in mission, aren’t as poor, or aren’t as “whatever” as they are—”Yes, I come to the meeting most of the time. But half the people there are jerks.” They are basically tools of their own rebellion, aren’t they?
The point is to follow Jesus. Following Jesus is what makes you a rebel. Otherwise, you are just a rebel.
Suggestions for action
Pray: Soften my heart to listen so I am not hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Take a minute for self-assessment. Do you look down on someone because they are not as radical, cool, holy or unsubmitted as you? Are you getting your sense of identity from not being who you disdain or getting it from being like Jesus?