Rights are important, especially if you live in a republic. Are you willing to let people violate your rights? If so, when?
Living as a guest in another country, I've run into situations where my rights aren't a consideration. It's challenged me to think about why I feel so strongly about my rights. And, I've asked myself, "How should a Christian respond?"
Paul says that Christians should be willing to give up their rights in order to help others. Jesus gave up His rights to life and liberty, so we could be right in God's presence and have eternal life and freedom. So, when should I give up my rights?
Here are some questions that help me decide if I should insist on my rights:
1. If I give up my rights, will it be healthy for the other person?
2. Will insisting on my rights diminish my chances to share the gospel?
3. What would Jesus Christ do in this specific situation?
God cares about justice, so I can trust that He cares about my rights. If I make an issue about my rights, is it because I want what's best for me or for someone else? Justice and righteousness are important because they reflect the nature of God. As a Christian, finding when and where to insist on my rights is an issue of wisdom and discretion. How can I reflect the character of Jesus Christ?
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