WE R REBELS!
But not rebels without a cause, Rebels with a Cause! And our cause is Christ. But whats that mean?
Let me start by saying that I have always had a thing for the underdog. I root for the Detroit Lions, the Red Sox, for the Tigers and I hate the Yankees. I love the little guy, I love Rocky, I love Tim Tebow, I root for the guy that’s not the favorite, not the status quo, not the normal. I like crazy, I like radical, I like authentic, wild life. I tend to be rebellious in my thinking and doing. I think tatts are cool & piercings are in. Many of you are like this too.
I revolt. I represent. I rebel. I must buck the system… Against status-quo. Against the norm. Against the daily grind. Against average. Against mediocrity. Against socialistic society. Against out-of-control special rights for favored groups. Against racism, against politicians. Against big-brother control. Against bailouts. Against worldliness. Against Sopa. Against lies and liars. Against 1950’s traditionalism in religion. Against anything that is against God.
But I’m not just against certain things…
The real reason I rebel is because I am for so many more-important things… I’m for truth, real truth, absolute truth. For freedom. For right. For liberty and rights. For capitalism. For creativity. For people thinking for themselves. For choices. For justice. For blood, sweat, and tears. For handwork & handouts to the needy. For family. For the little guys. For the good news and for the gospel. For grace. For purity and abstinence. For God.
How did I come to this place in my life? It took some looking in the mirror, I saw that for too long the wrong things have reigned as king of my hill and the same could be said of you. So what should we do? Should we fall in line and do as others do? Should we be normal? Just a cog in the machine? NO! Because of this…I rebel. I rebel against complacency… in my life, at home, at work, at church, and in my community. It’s time for an uprising, an insurgence, a revolution, a rebellion against being normal! (normal as the world sees it)
So whats good about being a Rebel
Why you should consider rebelling? What good has rebellion ever done? I know that many will point to passages in the Bible that forbid rebellion and show that “rebellion is like witchcraft.” But look again at those passages, that rebellion is against God. The rebellion we must be about is against that rebellion.
Today I want you to see why you should be a Rebel. Why “WE R REBELS” here at the City Church.
- Jesus was a Rebel.
Do you want to be lke Jesus… You should! Jesus was a Rebel. Jesus went to church, saw the fakers, the highness and flipped out. Jesus rebelled against…
Jesus rebelled against Religion
And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.” (Matthew 21:12-13)
Jesus rebelled against Sin
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father. (John 8:31-38)
- Bible Heroes R Rebels
We should learn from our forefathers of the faith who also rebelled. They rebelled against the norm as well. Here are a few Bible heroes who R rebel examples for us to learn from…
OT Fathers R Rebels
Noah – built the ark in the middle of a desert (totally nuts)
Abraham – left his family and moved to “destination unknown” (mad-man)
Joseph – was faithful to God when most would have thought God abandoned them (are you crazy?)
Moses-left egypt, Samson – his vows, Gideon- defeats the Midianites, Ruth – follows her mother in law to a land she’s never been, Josiah, Elijah, David, Jonah, and so many others who stood out because of their rebellious faith. They stood out from the average, they rose up above the ordinary, they overcame conventional behavior and gave rise to revival towards God, revolution against sin and rebellion against the status quo.
The Apostles R Rebels
The apostles, the Martyrs, & Church Fathers weren’t important because they were popular but because they caused a stir. Many even died for their rebellious cause. They left everything behind and went into foreign lands taking a ‘rebellious truth’ that would eventually turn the entire world upside down.
But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. (Acts 17:5-8)
Think even in the last several hundred years…
Luther: no indulgences, get seat-backs on chairs and music in church (crazy huh)
Spurgeon: a loud mouth preacher gets up each week on Sunday morning and you come back and hear him again and again even though he refused to get state papers authorizing him to preach. (no speaker system)
Calvin: despite heavy criticism, he writes for us the most defined and descriptive doctrinal disertation in the history of theologians with his “Institutes of Christian Religion.” (Ya, that Calvin)
Wycliffe: is declared a heretic by the Catholic Church, after his death his body is dug up and burned in hate because he dared to stand up to the government & religious system that was in charge before his death. (He was already dead, and they dug up his bones to burn them…that’s hate bro)
Augustine, Huss, Whitley, Bunyan, Puritans, Ana-Baptist, and the list could go on…they were rebels. Think of their genius, revolutionary ideas and how they changed the modern world. Think of how weird our world would be without them. Not so weird anymore R their ideas…but at the time, they were rebels against the norm.
How to be A Rebel
So how do you become a rebel? How do we become Rebels that please God and are against the norm. Here are five practical ways to start your rebellion:
Question Everything & Everyone.
Ask “but why?” to figure out what’s up for grabs & what’s not. Yes, there R absolutes in this world. There R some things that are non-negotiable, but how will you know ones which are unless you search? Will you take their word for it? The church’s word for it? My word for it? Don’t…find out for yourself. Questions don’t intimidate the truth, rather they illuminate it.
Remember, just because you were taught it doesn’t make it right. I learned a lot of truth, but also a lot of crap. Question what you are told…especially if it is not from the Bible.
Ask and ask again.
After you think you have figured it all out…ask yourself the question again. Do some searching. Hear both sides to the argument, don’t be a jackass and only have one opinion. (Acts 17:11)
Rethink the model/method.
Too many find themselves doing things because “that’s just the way it has always been.” Stop, is there a better way? Is there a more effective way? Just because its old fashioned doesn’t make it good, & just because its new doesn’t make it better. Rethink the way you think, you live, you act…compare it with Jesus and rebel from what you are used to.
Ask yourself ‘What if…?’
Get out of the box friend. Ask the tough questions to yourself like….”What if I don’t help that person?” or “what if I am just like my dad?” The answer to these questions should motivate you to do better and be better. “What if” can really push you to excellence.
Don’t be afraid of change.
Don’t stay the same. Be always growing and always learning. Complacency is stagnation. We should fear not-changing! Some brag about not changing – never changing. Unless you’re God, that’s not a good thing! I pray that what I have to say now is different from a decade ago. I pray that I have grown from years ago and not stayed the same.
In a nutshell…A Rebel does the right thing, the right way! A Rebel will do what others won’t do. A rebel will see, go, participate, sacrifice, honor, love and give in such a way that its crazy to normal people. Some might say after reading all this…but Jon, does it really matter? Does it really matter if I rebel? Can I really make a difference? Yes. Let people call you crazy. Let them say your nuts, be like Jesus…Rebel.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The Rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Apple Inc. 1997