Is Your Church Down With O.D.D.?
I had no idea how many families were familiar with or had family members who struggled with O.D.D. until I shared a message this past weekend; to be perfectly honest I had no idea that O.D.D. even existed as anything other than a misspelling of an early 1990’s song by the hip hop group Naughty by Nature.
O.D.D. is defined as Oppositional Defiant Disorder and it is a condition found primarily in children but also in adolescents, young adults, and people of all ages. It is characterized by negative, disobedient, or defiant behavior, especially with those in authority, which is worse than normal consideration. People who have it may appear very stubborn! I won’t even type all the comments flowing through my head right now.
Although the clinical diagnosis for O.D.D. did not exist in the first century I can’t help but wonder if the people who were eye witnesses to the miracles of Jesus Christ suffered from this condition. Early in His ministry Jesus Christ read writings of a Prophet named Isaiah in the temple and then informed the hearers that He was there to fulfill that prophecy. The prophecy itself called for the chosen savior of God, the Messiah or the Christ, to reveal Himself via preaching, performing miraculous healings, and providing physical and spiritual freedom for those dealing with addictions, suffering, and bondage to sin. Even though Jesus went on to do everything Isaiah had prophesied about and more many people refused to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah or the Christ and they were negative, disobedient, and defiant of most of the things Jesus said and did.
Oddly enough many churches today do the same thing. They claim to be “churches” which literally means those called by or of God, yet they are opposed to the teaching of Jesus as recorded in the Bible, they disobey simple commands of loving neighbors and even loving each other. So, how can you determine if you are part of an O.D.D. church? Although I am not a doctor (or Jeff Foxworthy) I put together this little test to determine if your church is down with O.D.D.:
b. If it is standard for people in your church to disagree with everything the pastors or leaders say, even when they are just reading announcements from the bulletin…your church might be down with O.D.D.
c. If it is standard for people in your church to disagree with many of the teachings of the Bible even if they have not read the Bible… your church might be down with O.D.D.
d. If it is standard for more fights to be started by people in your church than by the guy who says “Let’s get ready to rumble”… your church might be down with O.D.D.
e. If it is standard for people in your church to only know the verses of the Bible they are used to disobeying…your church might be down with O.D.D.
f. If it is standard for people in your church to blame everyone for everything including finding a way blame others for the outcome of this test… your church might be down with O.D.D.