My Rights. Your Rights.

Vice Versa.

Speed LimitThis world is a constantly changing picture of right becoming wrong, and wrong becoming right. What was acceptable and normal last year, or even yesterday, is all of a sudden on the opposite side of acceptable.

Laws change constantly.
One year it’s “this” and the next year it’s “that”….

I remember when the national speed limit changed from 70 (or thereabouts) to 55. When I was growing up the speed limit signs were 70 mph daytime and 65 mph nighttime. I still don’t understand why the absence of sun requires a 5 mph drop in the speed limit!

Then all of a sudden we had to slow down to 55 – all to save our fuel economy back in the day when everyone drove boat size cars down the freeway.

My first full size car was a 1961 (or was it a ’60?) Chevrolet Impala 4 door we bought from a Ritter family in East Texas. They were related to Tex Ritter who made famous a song my wife grew up with, and my kids thoroughly enjoyed hearing their Grandpa sing…

Froggy Went a Courtin’ (Click to listen)

Great memories that old car produced. But it had a small block V8 that regularly got 22 mpg in a day when mileage was not much considered as a factor of what to buy.

Laws governing our rights are constantly changing. Even the Constitution of the US has upgraded over 25 times, and the Bill of Rights seem to never settle down. Over 40,000 laws are passed each year by all governing US institutions…

Suicide used to be considered wrong, but now we have “Right to Die” laws here in Washington and Oregon. If you are closing in on a death producing disease then you have the “right” to take a pill to simply go to sleep forever.

Unintended consequences of this law required all kinds of changes in order to be acceptable to insurance companies and innocent bystanders. More laws and re-writing of existing laws.

Gambling, marijuana, abortion, homosexuality – the list is seemingly endless as to what is acceptable in one form or another that was once rejected.

I think I see a time when everything will be changed so much that one generation will not understand the confining of laws that the previous generation accepted as normal.

For example, we put people into prison for having multiple and simultaneous spouses. You know, one man and three wives. It’s illegal and immoral says most state laws. But I see a time coming when the values of this country will no longer care how many concurrent spouses you may have. Why not. We’ve allowed all the other changes to happen!

Again, unintended consequences will be huge as laws are re-written and adjusted to allow for these new accepted practices.

We see these changes strongly affecting the church experience. Each succeeding generation struggles with the prior generation practices that seemed steeped in tradition and lore. “We’ve always done it like this” cry some. “Don’t leave the old landmarks” cry out others. “I miss the good ol’ ways” seems to be the melody of sounds coming from the older generation.

Now, I’m part of that older generation! Standing right on the cusp of 60 years of age it seems like I see the benefits and pitfalls of both sides of the equation. Church seems to be more about 60 minutes of “entertaining value” and less about growing Christians who are strong in relationship to God and knowledge of the Word. Prayer seems to be nice little recited words that flow like a sliver of poetry.

Now, less I digress too far (!!), let me say that many of the Rights we live by are presented to us from a very young age and it is difficult to change mid-stream.

In the Old Testament, God said, “I change not.” (Malachi 3:6) This is the last book in the OT … It is almost like a summation from God before the Silent Years and the coming of the Messiah. Yet, we see the laws presented to mankind as a constantly changing set of rules that are developed over centuries of time. So, it is no surprise that the writer of Hebrews declares, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to day, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

If God is the same and he changes not – why are we in the predicament that we find ourselves in today. Nothing seems to be the same as it was in recent history!

It’s not God who changes. It’s us. We think we are becoming more enlightened in this modern society and can change to new ways. But we are simply moving further from God. Isaiah records God with these words:

And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men, therefore, behold, I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.” (Isaiah 29:13-14 ESV)

Jesus referenced this also in Matthew 15:8 and Mark 7:6.

Let’s think about our rights to live as “free human beings” without anyone telling us how to live, trouncing the rights of others on how they, as “free human beings”, choose to live.

One Right tramples another persons Right to make choice.

Yet God says, I Change Not. I am the same in history, present and future. My desire is that you serve me with more than your lips. I want your heart.

Maybe we need to revamp our rights to Keep God in the Equation.


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