Today in our gathering we looked at Jesus as a rebel, using the story of his anger directed at the sellers and money-changers in the temple (John 2: 13-22) as our text. In this story we see a stark contrast in Jesus to the thought of him being ‘gentle Jesus, meek and mild’. It’s not always bad being a rebel and there may be times when we have to go against the flow around us, perhaps then being viewed as rebellious.
Jesus may be thought of as a rebel with a cause and throughout history there have been many who have followed his example. Even William and Catherine Booth may have been viewed as rebels in their day, for the way they stood up against many of the injustices of their day, including things that had been deemed acceptable by many in society at that time. But the point is not being a rebel. The main thing is first of all being obedient to God, which may at times lead to being seen by those around you as being rebellious. However, we should never just be rebellious for the sake of being rebellious.
I like what Donald Miller had to say about this in an article in the New York Times. I leave what he said as something for us to think about:
If you’re a Christian, you need to obey God. And if you obey God, you’re going to be seen as a rebel, both within American church culture and popular culture. But that’s not the point. The point is to obey God.