Posted by: Yvonne | November 20, 2009

Christians, are we ‘endowed’ with ‘unalienable rights’?

 

During a recent fellowship with friends, the subject came up of the familiar phrase from the Declaration of Independence.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

The words ‘unalienable rights’ became the focus of the discussion in the context of whether or not this idea is biblical.

Here are some of the questions we pondered:

Are Christians endowed by God with the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Were the founding Fathers students of Scripture?

Did they understand what Jesus meant when he commanded believers to deny themselves and pick up their cross and follow him (Matt 16:24-28)?

Aren’t we commanded to obey those in authority (Romans 13:1-3)?

Aren’t we bond-servant’s of Christ (Eph.6:6)?

We are taught from a young age to believe that God has given all men these rights that no one can take away.  Who would question such lofty-sounding ideals?

I’m beginning to…

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