My dad could be an ornery kid. He and his brother broke the windows out of the family chicken house. Once, he and friends turned over an outhouse. Another time they twisted the tail off a calf by swinging on it. That was reality from the farm in the 1920’s and 30’s.
Another reality was his Dad’s razor strap. Dad knew there would be consequences. Sometimes he chose to enjoy moments of rebellion but throttled it to survive.
I had an ornery side; things I am not proud of. But there was always Dad (and Mom). I too kept my rebellion throttled to survive.
Deana and I have five children. Each had some measure of orneriness. Some more than others, but they all knew there were consequences. They throttled their rebellion to survive.
Dad loved his parents; I loved mine and our kids love us. Neither Grandpa, nor Dad, nor I, were abusive. Because we loved our children however, discipline was part of parenting.
Rebellion doesn’t “sum up” the recollection of our children’s teen years; each of their stories has a few sentences (if not paragraphs) related to it, but it’s not the title of their story. My own story has relative paragraphs (if not chapters). But rebellion is not the title of my story either.
Neither our children, nor my siblings and I, nor my Dad and his siblings burned down neighborhoods, toppled landmarks and injured people.
Think About It
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”
Hebrews 12:11 says, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
Proverbs 29:15 says, “To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.”
Titus 2:6 & 7 tell us, “Encourage young men to use good judgment. Always set an example by doing good things. When you teach, be an example of moral purity and dignity.”
If everyone lived by these scriptures, there would be no need for police or security.
Most kids are still good kids. But when we see rioters, anarchists and chaos, I believe every story is that of misguided (if not absentee) parents. In their failed parenting, they have given the title of rebellion to their own children’s stories.