Americans are well grounded in their concept of freedom and rights. We cherish the freedoms granted in the Bill of Right in our Constitution, and rightly so. But I think this makes it a bit hard for us to think in Scriptural terms about our right relationship with the Lord. All of our Lord’s Apostles referred to themselves as slaves of Christ. We declare that we are free to do what we want, but the Lord’s Word says “you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body.”(I Corinthians 6:20) That price was the very blood of Jesus Christ. Both Testaments declare that God is our Maker. We were created by Him for His good purpose. Paul writing to the Philippian Church said, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”(2:10) Yes, we are thankful for our political freedoms, but we find our true freedom when we submit ourselves to the will of our Lord.
There is so much voiced about concerning human rights. Our country began by declaring the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The courts have declared that abortion is a woman’s right, and marriage is a right for all couples. It seems that whatever people want to do becomes their right. What is interesting is that the Bible doesn’t speak in terms of human rights. It doesn’t say that a person has a right to be treated in any certain ways. Scripture does bid each person to come in trust to the living God for all circumstances of life, relying on Him to do what is best. It is also clear in our responsibility to care for one another, not to show favoritism, seek justice for the oppressed, and care for the widows and orphans. We have turned all of these into our “right to expect” or demand that such and such be done. We believe we are entitled to all such considerations. Our only right, or rather our calling is to put our trust in the living God who has sent His Son to redeem us from the power of sin, death, and the devil. It is in Him alone that our hope rests.