A few thoughts on Deborah 13: Servant of God

I have watched recently the documentary: Deborah 13: Servant of God and it raised a few  questions and thoughts in me. I’d like to share them with you:

1- First of all, in the documentary, when the reporter ask the girl if she doesn’t know Victoria Beckham and Britney Spears, I asked myself why are we so obsessed with other people’s life, why some people wants to know the last dress Victoria Beckham bought, Britney Spears new boyfriend, which “star” was arrested for drug possession or speed-driving, which one went to rehab, or which one got divorced? It goes as far as stalking and harassment. I rembember a youtube video where a young woman spend all time fantasizing about Robert Pattinson and cried hysterically when he broke up with Kristen Stewart. Again, why are we so obsessed with other people’s life? Does it means that our life are not meaningful enough? Don’t get me wrong, it is ok to be interested to other people, this is why we read biographies, watch movies, etc, but we why aren’t we curious about Aung San Suu Kyi first boyfriend or what brand her clothes is or where does she buy fruits, but are dying to know where Beyoncé shops her lingerie or who is Chris Brown new girlfriend?

2-  I have read the comments below the documentary, there are plenty of positive comment but some commenters blame her father for raising her like that saying: “their ignorance pervades everything”, “it is all grounded on fear. Fear of God. Fear of the outside world. Fear of people. Fear of being hurt or offended or seduced (by watching some inappropriate media). Fear of life itself”, “she is indoctrinated”. So, those people think that because she has been raised in “strict Evangelical Christian” home, that she is missing out on what the world has to offer, she is being indoctrinated. What should be normal then? That she had smoked her first cigarette, had sex, went clubbing every night, went to parties, knew the celebrities name by heart, watched soap operas, had earphones stuck on her ears, spent her days gossiping on facebook, twitter and the like? Is that the world definition of an average teenager?

What does the Bible says about raising children:

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22: 6

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:14-17

– “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

3- The documentary make it seems like Deborah’s family is an exception among the world’s other families, at least from my view. It’s like they are a bunch of aliens living on the fringes of society. It seems that Christianity, (or should I say belief in the Most High God) is becoming something that once was but no longer is the norm, it is fading to leave place to new beliefs, new ways of living, humanity have shifted its beliefs. The Bible said : “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”

If you’ve watched this documentary, what are your thoughts about it?



4 thoughts on “A few thoughts on Deborah 13: Servant of God

  1. Hi,
    I didn’t see this documentary but through my experiences I’ve noticed that people don’t realize how lucky they are, also that they have one chance to live on the earth. Si they are wasting time watching other people’s life, most people who don’t even know they exist, how can you love, cherish someone who dont

  2. Great, great blog. It was very insightful and well-formed. You’re a gifted writer!

    I, too, was saddened to google the name “Deborah Drapper” and find so much hate. In my perspective, Deborah is an incredibly strong person. She mentioned her security with God several times throughout the documentary and it really struck a chord with me. She really inspired me to stop caring about others’ criticisms of religion. I believe in God and have experienced FIRST HAND how much better life gets when welcoming him into life; it’s time I start introducing the wonders to others. If people find me crazy or politically incorrect, I will try my best to not take offense and will pray for guidance on a new approach.

    Anyway, living as a Christian is incredibly difficult in today’s society. Sometimes it feels like it’s “all or nothing”. American culture, in general, directly conflicts with Christian values. I feel as though being “obedient” is actually liberating. Being in control of emotions, having the love of God, and waking up every morning with the desire to be a better, more humble, more generous, etc., person is invigorating. I watch those around me try to find happiness in worldy things, only to learn that those pleasures are short-lived. American culture seems to encourage entitlement, short-term pleasure, taking sex out of context, and perhaps most unfortunately, the idea that each individual knows best as opposed to trusting God and his will.

    A lot of Proverbs discuss the importance of not associating with fools, for they will not hear the word of the wise. Personally, I am still working on my wisdom, but as I age, am I supposed to “give up” on those around me- those friends who seek pleasure instead of long-term happiness? I feel as if the mission of spreading The Good News, which Deborah takes very seriously, directly conflicts with those proverbs.

    Ah- if you read all of that, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for posting this, too!

    1. Hi Hannah, it was a real pleasure reading your comment. Yes, I did read it all. Deborah Draper has been an inspiration to me also, and I believe that she should be an example to every Christian who wants to abide by God’s rules and share the Word of God with others.
      I have the same concerns as you when it comes to living as a Christian or spreading the Word of God. But what gives me strength is to know that before us, Christ had gone through the same thing and he has conquered.
      You couldn’t describe best being obedient to God, it is indeed liberating. It is not being passive but knowing that God is control and I can put my trust in Him.

      Proverbs says not to associates with fools, but remember that Jesus came to heal them and to save them. Personally, I don’t think it means that we shouldn’t teach them the Gospel but that we shouldn’t participate or join them in their ignorance. As for your friends, you can pray for them for you cannot change them, only God can (1 Samuel 10:6). For example, if one of your friends is a drug addict, there are two possibilities: One is to avoid him or un-friend him; the other is to pray for him, and kindly offer him to go to rehab. Which one do you think Jesus would do?

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