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Anti-establishment by Deon Crafford

Matthew 5:38-42 38“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”

Somewhere in most of our lives there was a period in which we agreed with nothing; we rejected the majority of rules; conventions how to dress; thought our parents were from the dinosaur age; and generally stomped through our daily lives as angry rebellious young people. If this did not apply to you, then most likely you would have seen it in your own children growing up. You see, it is not that this is a period of parental failure, much rather an imperative of development in which the young life is confronted by his/her own identity issues. The rebellious phase is also the phase in which the personality is finally weaned off parental control and guidance. It must happen for growth to occur. Trouble is that after that we kind of go the other route. As we deal with adulthood in all its phases, we too become programmed by rules, expectations and logic. The anti-establishment becomes the establishment. We question less, we lose our spontaneity or our “madness” and we slow down in learning and growth. Don’t go there.

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus basically teaches us to be anti-establishment, to be Spiritual rebels that refuse to follow the mainstream or majority, that take joy in being contrarian, different and “mad”, because we follow after Him whom no rule, no trend, no majority decision will contain. Jesus implores us to not align our lives and conduct with the face-value of the worldly way. The entire Sermon on the Mount is the “rebel song” to those who do not want to follow after what the world holds as the true way. We’re called to be Spiritual identity seekers, to find and grasp the heart of Christ and to stand boldly against all the superficiality dished up for us every day by a world where self-interest reigns supreme. It is imperative that we get this so as to propel our Spiritual growth. If not we’ll settle into everything that precedes “but I say to you…”.

Our path of growth in faith will either be a slowly suffocating compliance with what appears to be Spiritual, but is void of Christ; or it will be a wild, dramatic and often uncomfortable pursuit of the heart of an Uncontainable God. 

Love to all