“You Say You Want a Rebelution…”
Alex & Bret Harris are 19, brothers of Josh Harris who wrote “I Kissed Dating Goodbye.” This segment is from an interview about how they are challenging their generation to be and do more for God. Read more at their blog.
“Our society expects very little of teens. They expect us to be immature and irresponsible. They don’t expect us to do anything meaningful or to care about meaningful things. But that’s a lie. [It’s part of this culture’s] myth of adolescence, a view of the teen years as a vacation from responsibility. But that’s not a biological stage. It’s a cultural mindset. You don’t just flip a switch at a certain age and become responsible and mature. Those are muscles that you have to work out. Young people are capable. We are challenging them to discover that by challenging themselves for the glory of God. ..
The low expectations for young people are not coming from just the world — the media and MTV. They are in schools and the church, too. But teens are hungry for more. They are hungry for doctrine and theology. They want to know about God and not just have pizza parties at youth group. They believe they can accomplish things for God. They need older, wiser mentors and adults in their lives to come alongside them and be the wisdom that complements their strength and energy and excitement…
In addition, recognizing that culture has turned teens into mere targets of our consumer culture changes the way you teach them. We have had parents read the book and say, ‘Hey, you’re right. I don’t want my daughter to just be a little Bratz doll. I want to prepare her for a serious time of preparation and launching.”
The official definition of the ‘rebelution’ is “a teenage rebellion against the low expectations of an ungodly culture.” When you look around today, in terms of godly character and practical competence, our culture does not expect much of us young people. We are not only expected to do very little that is wise or good, but we’re expected to do the opposite.
The battle cry of The Rebelution is just three words, but it’s an explosive concept: Do Hard Things. That’s it. And “do hard things” is a mentality. It’s a mentality that flies right in the face of our culture’s low expectations. The world says, “You’re young, have fun!” It tells us to “obey your thirst” and “just do it.” Or it tells us, “You’re great! You don’t need to exert yourself.” But those kinds of mindsets sabotage biblical character and competence.
“Do Hard Things” is just the opposite. It’s how we build character and competence. It won’t drop to meet the low expectations, it won’t just do what comes easily, and it won’t become complacent. It applies no matter who you are or what level you’re on, because there’s always something harder to do, something that will take you outside your comfort zone and cause you to grow.