Thursday, May 9th, 2013
Rebels Without A Cause (Part 1)
The Story Line
Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents...
Matthew 10:21 (NIV)
A rebel is 'a person who refuses allegiance to, resists, or rises in arms against a government or ruler; a person who resists any authority, control, or tradition' (Random House Dictionary).
In 1955, a handsome young actor named James Dean starred as 'Jim Stark' in an award-winning film called 'Rebel Without A Cause.' According to the IMDB storyline, 'Jim Stark is the new kid in town. He has been in trouble elsewhere; that's why his family has had to move before. Here he hopes to find the love he doesn't get from his middle-class family.'
When the character of Jim Stark defied parental, school and cultural authority, he became a fictional symbol of disillusionment. But Jim, the rebel, seemed to jump off the screen into James, the actor. James Dean became an American idol of cultural disillusionment.
Consider the actor's background: his much-loved mother died when he was nine. His dad sent him to live with his aunt and uncle on a Quaker farm. Various stories reveal hard life experiences. Like Jim Stark, James Dean searched for the love he didn't get at home. He died at the age of 24 in a car crash.
If rebels without a cause resist authority for no good reason, then the Cause they lack is Christ. He is the only Reason to be found in an unreasonable world. Therein, finding the Cause becomes the Cure.
Today's American idols aren't so different than yesterday's James Dean. A fast car took his life. Fast celebrity continues to take lives, as millions of fans race to follow the stars they idolize.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God commissions you to show the love most seek but few find: the love of God. Therein, rebels without a cause gain family and lose rebellion. They become citizens of Heaven and Ambassadors of Christ. (See Philippians 3:20 and 2 Corinthians 5:20).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Rebels Without A Cause series.