Knowing our Rights

‘Whilst previous generations would turn to God, many people today look to the government as if it were God.’

Since the foundation of the NHS in Britain in 1948, people’s attitude to life expectancy has changed.

Over the intervening years, people have ceased thinking about their duties, obligations and responsibilities and instead begun to think in terms of what rights they have.

My late brother would state “I know my rights.” Sadly, this same attitude has worked its way into the church as many Christians today claim their rights from God, telling Him what they want Him to do for them, rather than finding out what He wants them to do for Him.

In short, everything revolves around us.

People have somehow come to the conclusion that it is the government’s responsibility to protect and preserve them. Having embraced the theory of evolution and that there is no God, they expect that the government, through the NHS, is duty-bound to shield them against those things from which previous generations felt only God could protect them, such as disease, famine and natural disasters.

Whilst previous generations would turn to God, many people today look to the government as if it were God.

This weighs governments down with a burden they cannot carry. In the process, those in positions of power become pressured into making promises they cannot deliver.

Consequently, when those promises are broken, people realise the limitations of government, which then becomes the target for the anger and frustration of those who have to face the fact that neither they nor their loved ones can live forever in this world.

For those of us who know Jesus as our Saviour, the world that we live in is not the world that we live for.

God promises a new world to come, enabling us to live here with that hope. This means that, even if we cease to have life in this world, there remains a life we can enjoy eternally with Him in the next. If we know the peace His forgiveness gives, that peace will continue into eternity.

When people talk of losing someone, the reason they grieve is their sense of “I will not see them again.” However, there is a promise Jesus Christ makes by which, if we put our trust in Him, there is the hope of a resurrection.

The Christian faith imparts an assurance that those who are in Christ will live on. We will meet again.

Whilst the pain of absence and of separation is no less real for Christians, it is tempered by the certainty that we may look forward to a time of reunion, when we will meet our loved ones once more.

This hope is received because of what Jesus was willing to do for us when He came into this world and gave his own life for ours; so that we may find not only forgiveness but a peace of mind and spirit with Him.

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