Rebel with a Cause

I admit it. I’ve always had a tiny little streak of rebellion in me and have never been very good at going with the flow. I kinda enjoy swimming upstream and going against the grain.  If everyone else is doing it or wearing it or saying it, I tend to not do it, wear it or say it. I guess you could say I’m my own person. I have strong opinions and I like what I like.

Maybe it stems back to my childhood when mom would say, “If everyone else jumped in the fire, would you jump, too?”  Did your mom ever say that?

Did I Shave My Legs for This?

I secretly started shaving my legs in the 3rd grade. I mistakenly thought it was cool until the day I forgot to tighten the blade of my dad’s double sided razor and I took a long thin piece of skin right off my shin. Ouch. My mom was furious when she heard my blood curdling screams. I’m sure I was spanked, grounded and lectured for that escapade. Because once you start shaving, it’s a long term commitment.


Mom must have forgiven me for shaving those legs without permission because I talked her into piercing my ears that very same year. What was it about 3rd grade that caused that little streak of rebellion to pop up?  Back in the day we usually got our ears pierced as a teen, not as an infant.



Mom pierced my ears using a sterilized needle and two cubes of ice. My younger sister, Melinda, begged to have hers pierced, too, until the first ear was done and she ran through the house crying and screaming and we had to talk her off the ledge and back into that ear piercing (aka dining room) chair so that mom could pierce the other ear. This was way before ear piercing studios made their appearance in all the shopping malls.

I Was Too Cool For School (or so I thought)

Once I arrived at school with my newly pierced ears, my mom was the talk of the playground. She eventually pierced several of my friend’s ears. And we all miraculously survived. Yes, I have a cool mom.

I remember arriving at church one morning to see a girl in the congregation with a dress on that was identical to one I owned. I gave my dress away the next day. That’s what rebels do. Heaven forbid if we had happened to wear them the same day!

Speaking of church, all of my high school friends were beyond shocked at our 10 year reunion to find out that I had attended Bible college and was called into the pastoral ministry with my husband ( for well over 30 years now). Miracles do happen!

I’m not the traditional pastor’s wife, either. I don’t sing or play an instrument. Well, I sing. Songs randomly pop into my mind at the weirdest times. I just can’t carry a tune.  You can read about the crazy time I sang karaoke here!   I do lead prayer, speak occasionally and love planning parties and church events.

But I’m also the person who asks, “Why does it have to be done that way?”

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t thumb my nose at rules and regulations. I usually play well with others. I just rebel against the box that sometimes tries to close in on me and I rebel against the “one size fits all” mentality.

Rebel With a Cause

You know who else was a rebel? Jesus. Yep. He didn’t fit into the box that the Pharisees and Sadducees (the religious of his day) tried to place him in. He ate with sinners and healed on the Sabbath, which wasn’t permitted. He turned water into wine and forgave a prostitute when everyone else wanted to stone her in accordance with the law.

Religion will try to box us in. It derives from a Latin word meaning obligation and bondage. We can be religious about many things – washing our car, cleaning our house, exercising and eating right.

Jesus Was Not Religious (gasp)

Jesus was not religious. He was (and is) all about relationship. Christianity is not a religion. It’s all about relationship, too.

On this faithful Friday, I’m reminiscing about ear piercing parties and way-too-young leg shaving. I’m also thinking that I’m in pretty good company with Jesus, the original rebel with a cause, and I’m admitting that I’m certainly not perfect, but striving and growing to be more like Him. And I try not to ever rebel against things that are important, like God’s word.

Being a rebel against conformity to the world will free you and empower you to get out of the box, tear it up and throw it away in order to climb to higher places.

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

In what (good) ways are you a rebel with a cause?



About Alli

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  1. Christianity is not religion, it’s relationship. Yes! I keep telling my atheist mother that but she doesn’t get it. Pray one day she will. I’d say I feel rebellious sometimes for being so sold out to Christ. I am one of those who completely changed her life, sold everything she owned (pretty much), changed her relationships and just went face first to the foot of the cross (I’m like Mary of Bethany).

    • I just took a few minutes and prayed for your mom – that her spiritual eyes will be opened to the truth of the Word! I just have to tell you that I enjoyed reading your comment and how you “changed relationships and went fact first to the foot of the cross!” Made my day!!!

  2. What a fantastic post, Alli! And it’s so true! I’m honestly not sure in what ways I’m a rebel to the cause…but I feel like, when I see others judging someone, all I want to do is step in and just love on them. I guess that’s kind of “rebellious”, right?

  3. I was dinking around in the blogosphere this morning, and got lost… then I clicked a back arrow and poof! I was right here, at your blog. And I have no idea of how. But, I’m thinking it might be a miracle. Seriously. Reading this post just made my day. Thank you so much!

  4. Thanks for writing such a great post, Alli! I haven’t talked about this publicly but I actually lost my job because I stood up for what is right. Of course, there are details which I won’t go into. Even though I know they were wrong, I’m not out to ‘get even’ by spilling the beans. The Hiring manager called me back in some months later for and ‘interview’ because she wanted to re-hire me after she had learned the truth. The first thing she said to me is that they were wrong. It was nice to hear that. She asked me why I would even consider returning to work there after what had been done to me. I said, Life is about forgiveness. If I can’t forgive, I can’t expect to be forgiven. I did not return to work there because the folks who were involved in the misdealing’s I had uncovered are still there and still doing their thing. I can live with myself though, I don’t know how long they can.

  5. Alli, I always love reading your posts – they are so entertaining. I have a rebellious streak too and the older I get the more I am learning that it’s ok not to fit into the boxes that we think we’re supposed to.
    Thanks for linking up at Essential Fridays.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

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