That's a bad girl...
Amongst the African American community, and perhaps outside of it as well, being a “bad girl” or “bad boy” is a compliment. Context usually clues you in on what's being complimented. For example, Doc Holiday on Tombstone might be dubbed a bad man because he was the quickest gun slinger in town. His slogan "I'll be your Huckleberry" let the audience know that he also believed that he was a bad man.
Stunningly attractive people may also be called a bad woman/man ... Halle Berry for example. “That's a bad girl” you might hear someone say as they acknowledge her beauty and physique. But I’m primarily speaking of bad as in Doc Holiday bad. Or take Michael Jackson who asked, “Who’s bad?” to which he replied was himself.
And listen, I'm not here to boast but... ya girl is bad! Not that I am by self-proclamation, but by confirmation. Confirmation from the Great I AM and His Holy Word.
They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course. They rush upon the city; they run along the wall. They climb into the houses; like thieves they enter through the windows.
Joel 2:7,9 NIV
This passage is descriptive of people in the Army of God. The language used in this passage hyped me up because it confirms children of God being our very own version of Doc Holiday... someone to not be trifled with—true soldiers that can be any demon’s Huckleberry, if necessary, by way of the Holy Spirit. Then there’s Isaiah 41 that solidifies even more of how bad I am.
“See, I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them, and reduce the hills to chaff.
Isaiah 41:15 NIV
God has given me the authority to turn mountains into dust. He has crafted me, crafted us, with the ability to do what others may deem as impossible. Psalms 91 states we have been given power to tread on the heads of snakes and scorpions…
Now, tell me I ain’t bad! Go ahead and tell me I’m not so I can tell you that you are of your father the devil. Because anybody who says that I am not what scripture says that I am is a liar. I am bad, and I know it.
Yet, as bad as scriptures says that I am, I am nothing without the I AM. I am only these things because He says I am. Because I am covered by His Son's sacrifice.
See, it's really Christ who breaks the mountains to chaff, who treads on the enemy. But because I have come into acceptance of Him as my Lord and Savior, being baptized into Christ and clothed in Him, I am able to do these things. It is Him who works through me. For I am nothing without Him. How can dust break a mountain down into dust unless it was aided by a divine entity?
But because God is with me, I can do anything. Nothing is impossible for me, and no weapon formed against me shall prosper. Yet, I am no more called than the next person. So dear reader, if you are in Christ and a member of His massive army, you too are a bad individual.
You may not feel like a bad girl or bad boy physically. Yet, remember we are created in God’s image. And since God is Spirit, it is our spirit that is created in His image, not our flesh. Flesh cannot resemble God for flesh is enmity to the spirit. So, don’t worry if you aren’t the most beautiful person physically. What matters is the spirit of the person. And if that spirit of yours is connected to the Spirit of God, then baby you’re a bad girl/boy! For if God be for you, who can be against you? (Romans 8:28).
Recognize your authority. Walk in your God given power. But don't get cocky. Stay in humble submission to God. Keep your head down in prayer and in your Bible. Fast from time to time. Yet don't downplay who you are. Because honey in Christ, you are one bad girl/boy... and don't let anyone tell you any different.
So, from one bad girl to another, chin up! Stand tall. Be steadfast in the faith and have a blessed day.
Quin Arrington is a Christian writer and author. Books available on Amazon at www.amazon.com/author/quinarrington