Please, pray for patience. Turned out to be quite a long one. 😱
The things I’m about to write will not go down well with me, let alone others but it is Spirit and I believe the more we get to know and accept this truth the better for us as Christians. I’m writing for myself first, remember.
I’m just gonna scribble things somewhat and pray I getting my point and hope you get my point too. And if you’re out looking for this to be a well written post, all primary and proper, I apologise in advance for your upcoming disappointment.
Considering the way the world is going now which is better or worse depending on your opinion or whose side you’re on, I have been thinking more and more about what scripture would have us direct our hearts towards as directive principles or non negotiable counsels of some sort.
I realise how deeply we as Christians have felt over the years with the falling moral standards and aggrieved we all really are. And I’m really talking about deep spiritual sorrow that is borne out of love and a desire for the reign of Christ, not some condemnation lifestyle of yelling people away from the church. We are affected because not only are people becoming less moral, they want us to accept it by all means, change our God sort of and get moving into what they call the future or become the enemy.
That’s not really cool is it? No it is not.
So what do we do?
Nothing except to aim to love every person at all costs, pray without ceasing and keep looking forward to the arrival of the world, keeping ourselves clean and pure, unspotted by the world.
That said, I draw us to the point where I think the whole world missed it and consequently began the downward slope: human rights.
Yeah I know. Human rights is supposed to be a good thing that allows people stand against oppression and the like and bla bla…and so on. And truly the seemingly giant strides in asserting the inherent rights of the human can be seen in more popular decisions around the world liberating some and imprisoning others for caging yet others and forgive me, but the circle is really wide so I can wrap it up. All in all, human rights is the place to be and the thing to do. Good.
Now here’s my take:
Human rights are not for Christians.
I believe that the root of human rights is a deep seated belief in the person as a sort of special entity whose whims and caprices are legitimate and ought to be granted such legitimate recognition by all other people.
Here is my point: The human mind is naturally grandiose, arrogant and any other mind that puts any mind above another. Humans are generally beset with feelings of superiority and they seek to exercise that superiority over others: animals and other humans too. It is what has caused the present hullabaloo of people killing each other and blowing up places. It is why people feel that their colour guarantees them some form of superiority over others and why the other colour feels aggrieved at the persecution. It is the reason why world religions compete for attention and claiming to be the way to some form of spiritual deity ahead of the other religions. And so on and so on.
And even Christians are in the mix somehow. We feel good when decisions go our way and people are all decently dressed up Christian or not and they ban a movie depicting Jesus in a bad light. We feel sad when “sinners” foul our holy tabernacles with their decadence, not conforming to our high moral and holiness standards. We want to smack them right across the face in “righteous” anger when someone claims God doesn’t exist because if we believe in God it violates our rights to personal belief for someone to say He doesn’t exist and go on to cast aspersions at Him if he really were alive. What an injustice. We write billboard messages just to shove it in people’s faces that they are wrong and they are right. We condemn alcoholism and abortion with “righteous indignation” or what phrase can I use again? ⚠
There is actually nothing called human rights. That’s actually called self-righteousness in my understanding of scripture.
In many cases, Christians have actually been the oppressors and that saddens me; that the Church is fingered in oppressive and condemnation preaching that is all in all devoid of love that Christian brought to us. Because we feel there is a wrong against our right and we must right that wrong at all cost.
In recent times, I even feel that our response to this SCOTUS controversy over same-sex unions and partnerships was in assertion of some form of right we feel we are entitled to as Christians. And some of us who seemingly chose the higher path of love may actually have been doing same in a more diplomatic way. Never underestimate the thoughts and intents of this deep well called the mind.
We must continually pray and work towards its transformation and renewal but the blood and Word of Christ. If not, we will find that our motives, no matter how noble, are usually in their true nature borne out of selfish desires and deep-seated conceit.
Asserting rights as Christians will becoming even more difficult in the coming days and it will get to a high where being Christian will be criminal. We will face persecution and undesirable treatments. Scourging and abuse, derision and countless ills culminating in an attempted faithicide towards the end of it all. How on earth can we fight that? We really wound be able to approach any Supreme Court then would we? At that time, the struggle for survival will far overshadow the assertion of rights.
How can we be made to face that? Do we not have rights?
No we do not.
One of the most profound passages in scripture for me is in Philippians Chapter 2. The introduction is really terrific.
Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and acts of compassion,
2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being united in spirit, intent on one purpose,
3 doing nothing according to selfish ambition or conceit, but with humility, regarding one another as being better than yourselves.
4 Let each of you look out not only for his own concerns, but also for the concerns of others.
I have emphasised the last two verses because I believe they highlight the point I’ve been trying to make but which my inferior learning could not really lay hold of. See, as Christians we are out for others not for ourselves and the ultimate call is to come down low to get higher. This Kingdom lifestyle is really inverted and not according to our life here on earth. Here we are concerned about getting the beat by looking out for ourselves and striving to get the best deals for us. Us us us! For God, no deals for you if you don’t forget yourself. You must genuinely seek the good of others first and love them and think nothing of yourself. Nothing. Not even a slice of pizza if need be but I hope it doesn’t come to that for you 😜. Jokes apart though, our calling is to TOTAL selflessness, seeking not our own but the love of the Father and the good of others.
You must think I’m kidding. Let’s see what Paul says about Christ, our example and leader, in the next few verses
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, existing in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,
7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming to be in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Consider Jesus. He not only left heaven and the attendant dignities and glory to come down to become a man made from dust, he went further to serve mankind in all of His life and went down in the most humbling fashion, treated like a criminal. Beat this: in the face of all the accusations before the Lord, like a lamb to the slaughter He was silent. Silent all the way till he endured death. Not just any form of death. Not a straight shot into the temple or TKO by Muhammed Ali. He surrendered to the crucifixion.
That mind of loneliness and humility is what the Word says must be in operation in us. Stupid right? Apparently so. But we will never really love more than to understand this and walk it out daily: that we are Dead To Rights in the same mind Christ operated in. We are dead to Rights.
We will never be able to stand in our faith and escape falling away when the terrain begins to heat up against Christians till we are dead to Rights and willingly give up our entitlements in this world, looking only to Jesus as our sole possession and our only source of joy. This will be our thick skin against persecution in the coming days.
I must not push further than this. I can only pray that this Word of God will cause you to ponder in the right direction that Jesus leads us, as we slowly yet assuredly move out of this world.
Why can’t we accept wrong? Please take time to read 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
I know He said His yoke is easy and His burden is light. But you see, light is not an easy burden to bear. That’s why He still called it a burden.
Let this last words sum up this rather long treatise:
14 Do all things without grumbling and disputing,
15 in order that you may become blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine as light bearers in the world