Root of Rebellion

In a world hell-bent on having its own way, it is terribly difficult to cultivate the right attitude toward authority. The “QUESTION AUTHORITY!” mentality is so interwoven into the fabric of our society, it seems impossible to counteract it. Realistically, about the only place we can come to terms with it is in our homes. Are you doing this? Be honest, now. Within the walls of your dwelling are you maintaining the controls? Maybe these three warnings will encourage you to stay at it . . . or start today.

1. Childhood. A rebellious nature is conceived in a home where parents relinquish control.

2. Adolescence. A rebellious spirit will be cultivated among peers who resist control. And if it isn’t curbed there, it culminates at—

3. Adulthood. A rebellious life must be crushed by God when He regains control.

And take it from one who experienced it and deals with it week after week, nothing is more painful to endure. . . .

Do you think you can continue to endure God’s attempts to humble you? . . . With one word, I close—surrender.

Taken from Charles R. Swindoll, Strengthening Your Grip: How to Live Confidently in an Aimless World (Dallas: Word, 1982), 249-250.

Posted in Parenting.

Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.