Writing Contest: Runner-Up — Hannah
We are pleased to present the following submission by Hannah of The History of Theodore Barnes by Nelson Pierce [Link Fixed!]. Excellent work, Hannah! Keep up the good work!
First of all, I would like to offer you a definition of the word rebellion. My trusty friend, dictionary.com, defines it as either an "open, armed, and organized resistance to a constitued government" or "an act or a show of defiance toward an authority or established convention". If the common characteristic between all youth movements is "the symblic rejection of the father (authority), and frequent adoption of a new 'father'..." then I believe that we should view the latter of the two definitions as fitting in our context.
If, as Professor Heer argues, the youth movements of eras past had a tendency to rebel against and reject the current authority, then the Rebelution should certainly differ from these! While the Rebelution certainly does go against the grain of our society's slacker/entitlement view of things, I do not believe that the the Rebelution rebels in the way that the dictionary or Professor Heer define it. The Rebelution shares the characteristic with other movements in that it wishes to enact change from the current way of life. In contrast to past movements, however, the Rebelution does not seek to bring about some new change or way of life. Instead, the Rebelution seeks to return us to a lifestyle of responsibility and integrity, a lifestyle of a Biblical seeking after the Lord to help us to Do Hard Things. In effect, the Rebelution is attempting to reverse the rebellion of movements both past and current that are trying to lead us down the wrong road, a road leading us into laziness, irresponsibility, and a destruction of our society.
Could it be said, then, that the Rebelution is the antithesis of rebellion, as it seeks to undo the countless years of damage brought about by our culture's rebellion against God, the ultimate authority?
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