They started this rebelution nonsense a few years ago, and it just gets crazier all the time. I'm still trying to figure out exactly how children/teenagers indoctrinated in religious addiction and legalism can actually rebel within the confines of religious addiction and legalism. It's mind-boggling. According to their site...
The official definition of the 'rebelution' is "a teenage rebellion against the low expectations of an ungodly culture."
So, let's break that down a little with help from the Patriarchal/Authoritarian Dictionary. We know that "godly" means "adhering to a list of self-punishing, arbitrary, and superficial rules designed to cosmetically defeat the sin-nature and produce a SuperChristian", and rebellion means "similar to witchcraft, or at least equally as bad", so what they're saying is that they're planning witchcraft against a society that isn't comprised of SuperChristians and self-punishing, superficial rule-followers like themselves? I don't really know what they're saying. I'm just trying to work through the Christianese.
For those who don't know who Alex and Brett Harris are, from their bio...
Sons of homeschool pioneers [read: racketeers] Gregg and Sono Harris and younger brothers of best-selling author Joshua Harris (I Kissed Dating Goodbye) [the book, written by an inexperienced kid, which has created more pain and confusion than Pauly Shore's entire film career]
And then...there's the Modesty Survey. This little piece of misdirection is quite a gem. Its list of endorsers is the first red flag. DeMoss, Mohler, Mahaney? Not exactly forward thinkers, but generally considered very legalistic, hyper-Calvinist, uptight types. The Survey is silly enough, but it's the "petition" that follows that creeps me out. Reminds me of a male version of Contractual Bondage. "It's a matter of the heart - but we want you to sign this petition." If it's a matter of the heart, shouldn't your "yes" mean "yes" without having to bind yourself to some stupid pledge or sign some white-washed tomb of a petition? Where's the personal character, the heart character, in having to bind your own perceptions and corresponding behaviors to a contract? Does signing this petition mean "I'm a good Christian"? It's just silly, and self-defeating, and about a million other levels of ridiculousness and superficiality.
The petition states...
As a Christian guy with a deep appreciation for feminine modesty, I hereby affirm and commend the following biblical truths to my sisters in Christ:
- Please, approach the survey as a resource, not a list of rules. [*wink* these are NOT rules *wink*]
- Always honor your parents above the results of the survey. (Ephesians 6:1-3) [As long as you're clear this is talking about children, not adults...and I'm curious, who would "honor" the results of a survey?]
- Seek personal feedback on your attire from the godly men and women in your life. [Personally, I'd advise you to avoid the advice of the "godly" people]
- Remember, modesty is first and foremost a matter of the heart, not the wardrobe. [Yeah. That's the ticket. The heart, see? That's why we created this survey to cover issues from cleavage to calves, from ha-has and hoo-hoos to personal protrusions. It's a heart thing, see?]
- Faithfully pursue the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. (1 Peter 3:4) [That verse starts with "Do not let your adorning be external", yet everything about this survey and petition is external and superficial, symbolism over substance]
- Let your good works outshine your outward appearance. (1 Timothy 2:10) [A chapter which adds fuel to my doubts about the infallibility and inerrant nature of the canon - I tend to think that some of it was Paul talking out of his rear-end...either that, or God owes Adam one whopper of an apology]
- Dress for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31) [No huge argument with this verse, although they may be stretching the context a tad]
I was tempted to sign the petition as the great Bulgarian patriarch, Ivan Amandikis, but self-control got the better of me.
I don't know the motives of the Harris kids. I know they've been indoctrinated (without choice) into some very legalistic ideas, yet part of me feels they're following their father's lead in living opportunistically, living on the coattails of a popular father and brother (within legalistic, neo-conservative Christian and Christian homeschooling circles) and making a lot of money off of it. Sorta like so many pastor's wives who just assume that since their husband is the "chief", this affords them first lady status over the congregation, and they presume to lead bible studies, lead worship, lead something, whether they're qualified, gifted, and equipped to do so or not. What I do know is this: If these two weren't Gregg Harris' boys and Joshua Harris' brothers, nobody would give a rip what they are saying - even in legalism land.
Some of my coming pieces might be looking a little deeper at how the sausage is made with all these types. It ain't pretty. Hopefully, it'll give you a little better look at why I'm so adamantly against "Christian" homeschooling. It's a racket, and the people in positions of power are as wacko and delusional as mafioso racketeers - and equally as dirty when you get right to the heart of it - and they thrive on the naivete of their consumers whose "good intentions" are the product of fear, fear which is mongered by the power brokers. These people absolutely want to bring back Eden, but their Eden would look a lot more like John Calvin's Geneva than anything God would have something to do with.