“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.” 1 Corinthians 10:23
Christianity seems to have moved into the age of rights. It isn’t that rights are a bad thing. On the contrary, human citizenship should produce rights. Those rights should be equal for all people. I’m more concerned when we, as God’s people, decide our political rights are more important than our spiritual responsibility. Like it or not, if we claim to represent God Almighty, we must represent Him well.
Oh, we all make mistakes. None of us are perfect. All of us get caught up in the moment allowing tempers to flare and emotions to rule. Still, after those times of disagreement, God’s people must reflect. We must learn from those mistakes. We must ask ourselves, “Who ruled in me? Me? A philosophy? Or God?”
We’ve been bought with a price. Claiming to be a Christian automatically makes us an ambassador for Christ. When earthly ambassadors visit different countries, they are still bound by the laws of that country. We aren’t allowed to go rogue claiming that we have the right to behave badly by disrespecting others. Standing firm in the Spirit does not allow us to stomp on others.
I’ve tried finding verses in the New Testament that encourages us to put our rights above responsibility. Frankly, I cannot find one. When I claim Christ as my Savior, I no longer worry as much about my rights as I do the spiritual interest of those watching me. When God’s children embrace responsibility, the world will be a very different place. If the world is watching and we put ourselves above God, not only do we stumble – the world stumbles, too. When we fail, they fall.
“Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.” 1 Corinthians 10:32-33