The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition (DSM IV), defines oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) as a recurrent pattern of negativistic, defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior toward authority figures that persists for at least 6 months. Behaviors included in the definition include the following: losing one's temper; arguing with adults; actively defying requests; refusing to follow rules; deliberately annoying other people; blaming others for one's own mistakes or misbehavior; and being touchy, easily annoyed or angered, resentful, spiteful, or vindictive.
This is the latest “disorder” facing our youth and school system today along with ADHD et.al that have “infected” our youth.
The supposed “cure” for them is the same as with any “disease” - which is medicine, typically the same drugs used for ADHD and providing family “therapy” for all family members to learn how to deal with the “disease.”
(side note: the word for witchcraft in the Bible is the Greek word, pharmakeia (from which we get the word Pharmacy)
Thayer Bible Dictionary Definition for the Greek word pharmakeia translated, "witchcraft"
1) the use or the administering of drugs
2) sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it
I received a form of this “therapy” from a teacher who explained to me that what I was to do if the ODD should “flare up” was to immediately give the child options. “She needs to know that she is in control. So don’t make her do what you told her and instead give her different options.” "Once you realize that the disorder is real, it doesn’t make you feel so bad," she assured me.
I wish I were kidding. This is what we are doing to children in our country.
The Bible is not silent on this issue. Throughout Scripture, there are many men and women who demonstrated O.D.D Pharaoh, for one. Exo 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.
Read through the book of Exodus to see how God “cured” him. He destroyed all the gods of the Egyptians including the firstborn child of all animals and people. Exo 10:2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.
Parents who live their lives in rebellion against God will have children who rebel against all authority as well. Our society is just like Pharaoh. “Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice?” And so God is doing exactly what He did to Egypt- Destroying what we worship.
In America, one of our idols is our children. (Money is another and we see what God is doing to that) We spend Sunday playing soccer instead of going to a church where the Word of God is preached. Dad works on Sunday to buy his family more ‘stuff’ rather than worshipping the Lord in His house on His day. (See Exodus 16)
Mom’s go to work to get more money to buy more stuff.
The Bible instructs older women in Titus 2:4-5 to “teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
Parents today think spanking a child is a great evil. They “defy” God who says, Pro 23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
If I had children that were never required to obey and never felt the loving but firm crack on their butt for disobedience, I would look forward to sending them to day care too. And what a bonanza it would be when the daycare became free. I.e public school. Listen to what God says about the wicked and tell me how the public school is not being described: (I am not saying there are not Christian teachers and students who are trying to be salt and light)
Psalms 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. Is God in all the thoughts of the public school? Do they acknowledge Him in history, Science, Math, Bible class, prayer, lunch, etc?
Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
And so a mom sits on the couch with another, consoling her as she gets the report back that “My son has ODD.” Like he just got leukemia.
The solution is not medication people.
The solution is to fear the Lord, repent, stop being Operationally Defiant to the Sovereign God of the univers and do what He commands us to do.
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.