5th August 2020

Rights? What Rights? 

“Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.”
Psalm 85:10-11 (NIV)

Probably since the fall of Adam, men and women have struggled for their rights.  Without question we have created a society where injustice and inequality predominate.  We wrestle with these prejudices, we protest, we fight against the authorities that we blame for these wrongdoings – often causing more injustices in the wake.  Our passion for a cause can often get us into greater trouble.  Mahatama Gandhi once said, “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”  Following this reasoning, am I advocating apathy and lethargy?  Absolutely not, but I do remember a quote from the late Ravi Zacharias in his last sermon, “All we hear is rights, rights, but not what is right.”  Where can we find the right that will grant all our rights?

If we found the ‘right’ way everything would fall into place – there would be no need for an outcry for ‘rights’.  Jesus Christ shows us this right way “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” ( John 14:6). Jesus teaches us the royal law of loving our neighbour.  This is the criteria for all human rights.  We need to show respect and love to our fellow man regardless of class, race, or creed. All lives matter, therefore our Saviour died for all.  Humility and forgiveness do not come naturally to any of us.  As Christians we must exercise the justice of Jesus.  Without Him this is tough, it is impossible, we need to seek His righteousness.  Soon the Prince of Peace will return to this earth and establish – right!  Forever!

Father God, as sinners we have no rights, yet you Lord Jesus came to this earth to die for we, the unworthy.  Help us to pursue only that which is right in your eyes.

Study by Irene Wilson


About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone:  01923-855570
Email: watford@gracecom.church

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