The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Rebels With a Cause

Rebel Without a Cause

For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people. ~ 2 Timothy 3:2-5

At first glance of the passage, after John suggested the “Rebellious Spirit” in 2 Timothy 3:2-5 as the P&F Weds focus, I missed the rebelliousness of it. Maybe if Timothy had used resist rather than avoid, I thought…but he (John) clarified, and it made perfect sense. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized just how perfect for the times we are living in…compared to, oh…I don’t know…say 1955 when Hollywood writers Nicholas Ray and Irving Schulman created the character Jim Stark played by the iconic James Dean as the Rebel Without a Cause. We had a term for the young violators of 2 Timothy 3:2-5 back then…

Juvenile Delinquency ~ the habitual committing of criminal acts or offenses by a young person, especially one below the age at which ordinary criminal prosecution is possible.

There is such a spiritual abundance of grist for the mill in this week’s prayer focus, I hardly know where to begin. Just this past Thursday evening I sat with twenty of my church brothers in our men’s bible study of the John Eldredge book “Fathered by God” where we each shared memories of our “boyhood stage” experiences with one another…the good, the bad, and the ugly. We are one month in, and we still have five more stages to go. And boyhood, as we all agreed, is the foundation for all that follows us in this amazing journey of life as God’s children.

Last week, In the Presence of the Lord, we talked about waking up to the Who & Why.

Looking back on 1955 now, I’d say having an apron-clad Mr. Magoo (Jim Backus) as the father who never stands up for you was a pretty good cause. On the other hand, in hindsight, I realize now where the men behind the curtain (Nicholas Ray & Irving Schulman) were leading us. The next decade brought us The Graduate. And by the seventies the nucleus of real American power as astutely observed by the French historian Tocqueville in the previous century had become…

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
When I was a child I had a fever
My hands felt just like two balloons
Now I’ve got that feeling once again
I can’t explain you would not understand
This is not (who) I am
I have become comfortably numb…

Pain can be, and often is, a very good thing…a Godsend, because it notifies the body of an intruder that means it harm…something that requires our attention so that the threat can be eliminated, and the body restored to good health. By breaking down the berm that protected the nucleus…the American Family, they essentially destroyed our immune system. Which brings us to the very point of today’s message….

It’s really quite nothing to rebel against the assault on virtue when virtue is in vogue. Wouldn’t it be something if the two writers had inserted “without” between the rebel and his cause…unwittingly? But as most of my readers know by now, we ain’t in Kansas anymore. I could bore you with the details, but essentially everything Timothy warned us of and counseled us to avoid, the modern world encourages our children to embrace. And its only getting worse. Last night as I was traveling home from a freedom festival in Pennsylvania, I listened to a most disturbing John Jacob Smith podcast about new police training on domestic terrorism. I listened in disbelief and amazement as Smith read the threat profile from SLATT (State & Local Anti-Terrorism Training)…describing me to a T: Patriot, pro-God, pro-Nationalism, pro-Constitution, pro-2nd Amendment, anti-Globalist, anti-Communist, anti-UN, anti-illegal immigrant…you get the picture. And then I wake up this morning to an email from one of our active-duty law-enforcement members with an even more disturbing article about radical changes to our justice system already passed and set to take effect on January 1st. These new changes, which include dignifying criminality by changing the word defendant to principal, will effectively remove the handcuffs from criminals and place them on the men and women who we will continue to expect to keep us and our families safe. Really? Read and Weep.

Who are the delinquents now my friends? The Christian stands firmly and squarely in the line of a fire few of us ever saw coming. God is so much more than my Shepherd, as His Word lights the darkness before us. Our only real danger lies in laying low in the face of what is being sent against us. Our Thursday night “Leap of Faith” will carry us to the “Warrior” stage in the nick of His good time for His rebels with a cause. The greatest cause this world has ever known.

Chip Murray: Wide Awake

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