Defiance: A daring or bold resistance to authority or to any apposing force.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test what God’s will is- His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2.
I wrote on my facebook status recently that I have found myself amongst a community of people who actually believe that Jesus is coming back to (get this) establish His Kingdom on the earth, and bring justice to all it’s inhabitants. The people here at BCOM are truly hoping and longing for a kingdom. It’s king, now called Jesus, later to be called by some new name, will come on a white horse, and set up a theocratic monarchy which will have dominion over the entire world. This is what they stand for, and are willing to compromise for. It’s something bigger than themselves, it’s an actual kingdom with an actual king.
These people willingly confess defiance to what’s normal, because the definition of normal is: what everyone does. One instance was when one of their members stood in front of a microphone at the U of M and preached the Gospel to hostile crowd. Booing and hissing, the crowd rejected the young man, but the young man’s face was not downcast as he stepped away from the mic. In fact, his opening words when he stepped in front of the crowd were “I’m not here to please men, I’m here to please a holy and righteous God!”.
I found out a few years ago that people may not believe what you say, but they will always believe what you do. These people may not be perfect, but they live their lives in hopes, actual hope, of the kingdom to come. What we hear other people say is always filtered through what we see them do. I write this post in response, an amazed response, to what I have seen of the young people who have come in this freshman class. They love the Lord, to the point of defying their culture, and everything the world lives for. There are many people in many nations who have the sole aspiration of coming to America, but these young people are dreaming of the day they can leave these borders and impact the world for their King.
It’s not something that can be conjured via rigorous study or firey church service. It’s a movement of God on their hearts. Them challenging me to step up is an understatement, I feel compelled to give my life over to God all over again. You can only observe them for so long and not notice their defiance to culture.