Every four years America chooses sides and enters into a crazy war of ideals. Warriors are chosen from each side and battles are fought on debate stages as a spectacle for the whole world to gawk at. Each candidate trumpets their strengths and assures us that they will be what our country needs.

 Despite massive gaps in philosophical, moral, and political goals, there seems to be a common thread that connects every person clamoring for support – an appeal to our rights. One side guarantees that they will protect our right to bear arms. The other promises that an individual's right to fair pay and affordable healthcare will be preserved.

This fascination with rights is nothing new. Our country was founded on the basis of providing “certain unalienable rights."  A foundational document for our country is titled The Bill of Rights! We continue to be a nation pre-occupied with what we think we deserve.

This is not an argument against rights. Rather, it is an argument for something nobler and decidedly more Biblical.

As I was studying for our most recent Sunday School lesson, I came across the following quote: “While we complain about our rights here on earth, the Bible constantly asks, What about your responsibilities? Owners have rights; stewards have responsibilities.”[1]

The apostle Paul doesn’t appeal to his rights, but he often references his duty and responsibility to God and the gospel. Jesus Christ, our supreme example, could have claimed his right as creator and sustainer of the earth, but instead, willingly suppressed his rights in order to take on the responsibility of paying for your sin and my sin.

The Bible is relatively quiet when it comes to our rights, but it is loud and clear about our responsibilities. Our lives are not our own. We have been bought with a price. My challenge to you this week is to turn your focus away from what you think you are owed and onto to the opportunity and responsibilityGod has given you to serve him.

Forget your rights. Embrace your responsibilities.

 

[1] http://www.thehighcalling.org/articles/essay/not-ownership-responsibility-leadership-stewardship-part-2