Have you ever ‘played’ with the Ouija board? I remember the last time I did – as if it were yesterday, though it was closer to fifty years ago. My friends and I were in our family’s garage asking it questions, when one of us got the idea to ask ‘It’ to speak through one of us. Dumb idea, I know, but hey, we were just unsupervised kids. One of the guys started acting strange, well stranger than normal :). His eyes had a blank stare, his throat tightened up and then…and then… the party broke up. Maybe he was just fooling around, but it was enough for me to get rid of the board and never play ‘It’ again! I was convinced there was a demon in every board. Back then the boards were only made in two cities – Salem, MA (hmm?) and Des Moines (just a few miles from our home).
A couple of days ago I was listening to a message by a past mentor who spoke on 1 Samuel 15:23, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou has rejected the word of the LORD…”
You may think the Ouija board is just a harmless game (I don’t!), but take it from Samuel, rebellion and stubbornness are not! Rebellion began in the throne room of heaven, it continued into a garden called Eden and has found its way into your home. You’ll see it in the body language of a preschooler who stands in the room, arms crossed, protruding lower lip, eyes set, refusing to pick up the scattered toys. You’ll discover it when you check the mileage of the family car and learn your teen traveled out of town against your orders (that was how my stepfather found out …sneaky!). That same teen is looking over your shoulder at the speedometer to see how fast you’re going. Rebellion over authority is not a ‘rite of passage’ by children and teens. It’s a pattern of life that will follow them all of their lives. And what are you going to do about it, dad and mom? How are you going to support the parents of your grandchildren?
It will not be easy and you know you have to deal with it! And so much better to deal with the early signs of it at two than waiting until Junior is twelve. Rebellion and stubbornness must be confronted just as quickly and decisively as if your child were playing with a loaded gun. In every rebellious act there is the history of what happened in heaven in eternity past; there is the pattern of humanity that began in the Garden. May God give you the wisdom and the compassion you need to address it in your own life first…and then in the life of that eternal soul you call ‘son’ or ‘daughter’.
Think about it.