by Robert John Stevens, February 14, 2016
I encouraged defiance in some of our children during fun role playing, especially in one son who is now determined to get a PhD in Physics. I wanted them to be able to think and react quickly, and take a stand—especially if they were bullied or called names by other children.
In the scriptures, defiance is described in context of rebellion against God and to put at defiance the armies of nations. The opposite of defiance is compliance—a word not mentioned in the scriptures but a synonym of obedience and submission.
Now the question must be asked, “Is there a connection between childhood compliance and adult failure?” I suspect there is, especially if compliance is forced by unrighteous parents.
Read the article, “Study shows connection between childhood defiance and adult success.”