Hair Bands and Honor

It was probably because of watching too many Motley Crue videos. But, when I learned that I didn’t have to always submit to authority, I was done wading around the shallow blind obedience end of the pool. You better believe that me and my wavy mullet dove headfirst into the let’s see how far I can push it deep end.

Those 80’s hair bands were my backup, and I was well on my way to being the guy every other guy wanted to be and the bad boy every girl dreamed about. At least that is the thought I had on repeat in my head.I’m sure my reasons for rebelling were the same as everyone who seeks power and control – complete and utter global domination! Nah, it was way simpler than that. I just didn’t want to get hurt again.

“Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.” Hebrews 5:8

To think that Jesus suffered before His death on the cross was a new concept to me. If you had all the power in the universe, would you suffer for anything? If you had no reason to honor hierarchy, would you? I wonder if part of that suffering was the lousy leadership of His elders. I can only imagine the frustration Jesus must have felt being under the rule of His inexperienced community leaders. Yet all through the book of John, it says Jesus listened to THE pure source of wisdom and acted from only that.

“I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 5:30

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 6:38

“Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.” John 4:34

From the first days of His ministry when He asked God who His disciples should be (Luke 6:12) to His very last moments before the cross, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done” Jesus did what His Father told Him to do.

How do you feel about the idea of submission like this? Has this post got you squirming? If so, I don’t blame you. I know most of us can look back and find reasons we shouldn’t trust, or should fight, or be wary of authority. So there is little reason to believe trusting God would be any different. 

But might I challenge your thinking not to place man’s shortcomings on an all-knowing, living God? As I walk through this, trying to change the way I think, I have been leaning on this simple request I found in Psalms. 

“Father, Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Psalm 143:10

If you could use some level ground in your life, please leave a comment below so I can be praying for and with you!

In His service and at yours,


Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

2 thoughts on “Hair Bands and Honor

  1. Hmm, a very tricky subject. How many of us can say “I love my leader, and I’ll listen and do everything he(she)says)Ican’t honestly say I have always followed that senence, BUT, I have tried to understand why these givers of their authority, follow the paths they choose. Too many times, I have listened to another voice, to lead me on a different path, it at least cleared the way for new thoughts. I don’t resent auhority, in some many ways it governs our lives, but my main authority is Jesus, and it is He and His authoirty I never question.


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