Kevin Fobbs
Going rogue to follow God
By Kevin Fobbs
November 23, 2009

Life decisions are often made when we feel that we are at a crossroads where the decision to turn to the left or to the right seems as clear for us to make as it is to breathe. Yet what about those times when the decision is not quite as clear where the variables that we are weighing are as cloudy and murky as a morning fog?

Usually that is the time where the weight is heavy on our soul that we have truly to come to a decision that shoves us out of our comfort zone and that demands that we make a choice. The choice may very well be to "go rogue" and take the unfamiliar path.

When we examine this rogue behavior, some political theorists look toward a person like former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who has described her own political behavior in the previous presidential elections as "going rogue." That catchy phrase is also the title of her bestseller book released last week. According to published accounts her publishers HarperCollins commented that "Going Rogue's" print run was increased from 1.5 million copies to 2.5 million. Whether we agree or disagree with her abilities as a public leader she did knowingly make a commendable decision to step outside of the conventional political box or societal expectations and "go rogue."

Yet there is another greater measurement and application for going rogue. It is a decision that many of us have to face some times in our lives. Many of us are raised to follow moral values and principles by our parents. Yet the conventions of society within the family, community, or school may lead many to compromise those values and principles. That is, we have allowed ourselves to co-opt God for the convenience of getting along to go along. But God cannot be co-opted! Man and nations are finite and God is infinite. "But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place." John 16:33

It is not hard to identify the characteristic in ourselves that tempts us to co-opt God. We come across it every week. We hear about a co-worker who is being mistreated at work and we avoid the person because we care about what our other co-workers might think we if show sympathy for the co-worker's plight.

Your child may bring home news from school about a need for parents to give an hour or so at a neighborhood food bank so that those families and schoolmates of your child who are homeless or needy may have a thanksgiving meal and will not go hungry. Instead you knowingly decide to abandon the tug in your heart to follow God's principles and instead quickly substitute a credible excuse that everyone will believe but certainly does not deceive God. "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7

You see, it is the decision to follow instead of to lead that has caused us — and quite possibly our children — to inherit a whirlwind of indifference and promotes the need to "go rogue" in order to follow God's principles.

It should not be this difficult to follow or to stand up for God today!

I remember hearing about a friend's child who was feeling odd because of the stares and catcalls he received because he had decided to pray aloud over his food instead of silently giving thanks in the school cafeteria, even when his parents had offered him the easy way out so that he would not "stick out."

I say bless the child who is willing to "go rogue" and stick out so that others in the school will understand that it is all right to stand up and be strong in his belief even if he is going to be considered rogue. I hope we can raise our children to have that child's belief.

Or what about when the family is getting ready to sit down to planning a Thanksgiving dinner? Let's say you decide you don't want to invite Uncle Robert and Aunt Janice because they are just too far away and besides they always insist on prayers longer than 30 seconds to bless the food the family is giving thanks for. Keeping family peace seems easier doesn't it?

Well now you have to decide what to do. As you sit in your living room and stare across at your wife or husband, you feel that nagging tug to "go rogue" and just make the call to Aunt Janice and Uncle Robert. Yet in the back of your mind you hear the cackling and marginalizing voices of your other relatives who will belittle and berate you for making the rogue decision to follow the spirit of God and not follow the growing spirit of secular convenience. "If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say "Amen" to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying?" 1 Corinthians 14:16

So the question that you have to confront yourself with is whether or not you should follow the politically convenient decision of certain family members, neighbors, or work colleagues or "go rogue" as Jesus Christ did himself when he chose the pathway that his father in Heaven set him on. Who shall rule your spirit man or God?

© Kevin Fobbs


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Kevin Fobbs Media Bio: 05-21-2021

About Kevin Fobbs: Kevin Fobbs, a native Detroiter, is Chairman of the American Christian Civil Rights Movement (ACCRM), President of NAACP2021: National Association for the Advancement of Canceled People, Managing Partner of Ascension Entertainment Productions, and director of RTL Productions. He is a producer of the Holocaust-themed movie drama "Never Again," collaborator on the 2018 police documentary "Bleeding Blue" and producer/director of post-Civil War - World War II historical Christian southern civil rights drama "Johnathan - Living on the Edge of History," and Exec/Director-Producer of the film version of his soon to be released book a modern Christian fairy tale "Bernadine and Winston the Crooked Worm's Four Seasons of Life."

In the 1970's Kevin became a professional journalist and attended Wayne State University Law School. His written work has appeared in the New York Times and he has written for The Detroit News, The Michigan Chronicle, Clash Daily, Renew America, Communities Digital News (CDN) among others.

Kevin is co-writer of "Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count - Police Are Minutes Away In 2014 Kevin, together with his grandson, co-authored the Christian children's book "Is There a Lion in My Kitchen? " He is co-author of "Shut Yo' Mouth! How the Left Plays the Race Card to Silence Conservatives and How to Stop It.

He is co-host of New Right Network's "American Exceptionalism" and upcoming "American Correct" podcast shows.


For nearly 40 years, Kevin's personal devotion to Christian conservative values and principles has guided his public service in both state and national government, as well as private sector and media leadership roles, including elected and appointed positions. The primary Biblical verse that guides Kevin is: Isaiah 6:8 (NIV) 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"


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