Here's another one of the articles that I was recently afforded the oppurtunity to write for our local secular community newspaper:
It's very common today to hear people speaking up in defense their rights. The idea of rights is not foreign to Americans; our very Constitution regards all as having been "endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights." These rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Then, there's the whole gamut of various groups fighting for their rights, such as women's rights, minority rights, equal rights, and even animal rights. But have you ever heard of anyone standing up for God's rights?
Think about it, who more than God should have a claim to rights? How about His right to rule over the universe He created? Or, what about His right to have a say in what goes on in this world that He made and sustains? And, of course, there's His right to be loved and appreciated by everyone to whom he has given the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
According to the dictionary, the idea of rights is defined as: "an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or government by law or tradition or nature." This being the case, the Bible declares, and everyday experience bears out the fact that God, for the most part, does not receive His due from man. For instance, everyday God faithfully blesses us with the necessities of life (i.e., food, water, air, sunshine, ect), yet, most people never even offer Him a simple prayer of thanks. Doesn't He have a right to it? Doesn't a Father, who abundantly provides for His children have a right to be loved and appreciated by them?
The fact of the matter is this: God has a right on our lives, and His due is nothing less than our wholehearted devotion. His right is founded on His value; He is the most valuable Person in the universe. We owe our very existence to Him, and we are totally dependant upon Him. If God were to cease to exist, then everything would cease to exist, because everything operates according to His wisdom. Therefore, He has a right to our utmost love and appreciation.
In closing, I can't help but wonder what effect it would have on our world if Christians began to publicly campaign for God's rights. Imagine if there were huge billboards along the interstates, and full-page newspaper ads, along with radio and television spots declaring the rights of God. Suppose Christians became as passionate for God's rights as the pro-choice advocates are for a woman's right to an abortion. Do you think it might cause non-Christians to see God in a different light?
Oh well, publicly campaigns aside, I believe that the catalyst needed to spark a revival and turn our nation around is for God's people to get back to honoring His rights, instead of worrying about their own. Like the early Christians, we need to focus our message on Gods rights instead of human need. Then it will be said of us, as it was of them, that we have turned the world upside down. After all, doesn't the Bible declare: "Not to us, not to us, O LORD, but to your name be the glory" (Ps. 115:1).