So many of us have been taught a model of obedience which is really a model of self-harm. And this teaches us that God is our enemy. This teaches us that the Church is a mother who rejects us and abandons us when we need her most. We find ourselves obedient to a mistress who holds us in contempt and punishes us mercilessly, arbitrarily, and forbids us even to speak about what we’ve experienced at her hands.
This is not God and this is not His Church.
To know God and to praise Him in the most honest, raw, and countercultural terms, I’d like to turn to Scripture. Because here we find a true basis for our obedience: We obey because God is Love.