"But dad, everybody else gets to go there and do that". Do those words sound familiar? When I was young many times I had the impression that my folks simply wanted to make my life boring and prevent me from having any fun. Ok, not really but those thoughts did come through my head on more than one occassion. The enemy would like us to believe that there is a world of excitement and fun that awaits us beyond the confines of our established borders and understanding. Nothing could be further from the truth, but sadly many young people are shipwrecked in life even before they begin by listening to the foolish counsel of their peers and rebelling against the God given authority of their parents.
This kind of thinking is not new and did not begin with the sexual revolution or drug culture of the 60's. Rather from the days of Adam man has been in a constant state of rebellion towards God. When Adam disobeyed God's singular restriction man inherited the sinful nature and thus all his seed was corrupted by the rebellious nature of Satan.
God is never behind the rebellion towards authority, because as Paul says in Rom. 13:1 there is no power but of God, and the powers that be are ordained of God. "Children obey your parents" and "wives submit to your own husbands" are not restrictions but rather protections from the harm and destruction of Satan. When we stay under the God given protection He affords we are preserved from the thief that comes to kill, steal, and destroy. How many teenage boys are girls have been destroyed (even literally) by running away from the protection of their homes. Of course there are always particular circumstances but we must always realize that God does not make mistakes and therefore we must cry out to Him when we face any injustice. Let us remember that we serve a Sovereign Omnipotent God who knows the smallest details of our life, and if we are faithful in the trials we will come forth as gold.