“For every prohibition you create
A major theme here at Mockingbird is the idea that human behavior does not respond well to demand. “Stop that!” “Don’t do that!” “Make good choices.” In fact, demand to change often provokes revolt, resistance, and rebellion. At best we get reluctant compliance with a huge steaming side helping of subterranean resentment. St. Paul noted this phenomenon in several of his letters to 1st century churches (letters that now make up a major chunk of the New Testament). He wrote to the Romans: “The Law [God’s Law for how to behave rightly] came in to increase the trespass” (Romans 5:20). Paul writes about hearing the commandment “Do not covet” and how he was immediately filled with all kinds of covetous desires.