Thinking Out Loud

September 25, 2017

Defiance

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 9:03 am

There was something in the air on Sunday.

After viewing, I went on Twitter to what people were saying about the airing of Star Trek Discovery on CBS-TV. The mood was somewhat defiant. Well over half — in some stretches closer to 80% — of people commenting did not like the pilot and were adamant that they would not pay a subscription fee to CBS All Access to watch successive episodes. I think some were predisposed to not like the show because they knew it was moving to pay-per-view.

In a microcosm of that defiance, the second in command on the star-ship defies the Captain and several commented that defiance is usually not seen among the ranks of Star Fleet. There were also indications that the science officer was not going to necessarily be always obedient.

The show itself was delayed when an NFL game went into overtime, pushing back 60 Minutes (with new correspondent Oprah Winfrey); a game which was one of many on Sunday where players defied the President of the U.S. by either kneeling or locking arms or not showing up at all during the playing of the National Anthem. The “Take a Knee” action is also spreading on Twitter.

The Miriam-Webster Dictionary online reminds us that defiance can be an action or an attitude:

Definition of defiance

1 :the act or an instance of defying :challenge

  • jailed for defiance of a court order

2 :disposition to resist :willingness to contend or fight

  • dealing with a child’s defiance

Googling “What the Bible Says About Defiance” points often to defiance in children and there are also references to rebellion. The scripture context when referring to adults is usually in reference to rebellion against God. (See 1 Thess. 4:8)

I don’t want to go especially deep into this today except to note my personal conviction that defiance and rebellion can be contagious. While I applaud those who make peaceful protests surrounding key issues that really matter, I am hesitant to see the spread of protest culture. In some cases these demonstrations can be a great agent for social change, but in others they simply cultivate anger and can be breeding grounds for violence.

But defiance is definitely in the air these days.

 

 

2 Comments »

  1. I agree to everything in this post.
    I also saw this trend on twitter about #takeaknee and #standingup.
    I feel bad that people are arguing about these two. The same with prayer. Some people stand up and kneel down, but what matters most is what you do after that. Whether you stand or kneel…the question is will you #walkinlove the rest of the day? 😂

    Comment by gilian — September 25, 2017 @ 10:10 am

  2. …which brings to mind 1 Samuel 15:23 New King James Version (NKJV)

    For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
    And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
    Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
    He also has rejected you from being king.”

    Could have a lot of conversation about that, also. We are called to honour and obey those who are in authority over us (and pray for them, of course). We are not told to honour and obey them only if we agree with them. The vitriolic comments we see all over the ‘net, including those from ‘believers,’ about President Trump could be well classified as ‘rebellion,’ in my thinking.

    Comment by Kaybee — September 25, 2017 @ 11:51 am


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