Most of Western Civilization has decided that whatever someone wants to do is right. In the days of Israel’s development there was a day when each person did that which he/she thought was “right in their own eyes.” The reign of Deborah as Judge held back the judgement of God by restoring sanity to civil life, at least temporarily.
I came across a sobering statement by G.K. Chesterton that may shed a bit of light on the current situation, a gleam of truth, that gives pause to the rant of the people. Notice the insight from a long silent pen:
"To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it." (A Short History of England). G.K. Chesterton
Chesterton was referring to the clash between legal rights, bestowed by confused civil law, such as holding slaves in an earlier time. Certain people had a legal right to buy, own and sell other people. Trouble is, this practice, while legal, conflicted with what we call divine or God given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The conflict is rampant, though dressed in different clothing in our time. The woman’s “right” to murder the fruit of her and her partner’s liaison is legal. But is it right?
For masses of people to live off the legal dole is acceptable to many, but is it the right thing to be doing. History shouts down through its corridors, NO.
It is a felony to lie to congress. It should be. But why does a member of the Senate or House have the right to stand behind a podium in either branch and deliberately tell a lie? He/she has that right by law, but it is right?
Americans have the right to drink themselves into a drunken stupor in a private setting, but is it right to do so?
Even many biblical rights carry with them the truth in certain circumstances that it is not wise/right to exercise such rights, especially if they would cause another to do harm to themselves were they to engage in the same actions.
It would not be a waste of time to prayerfully look at all the wonderful, and some not so wonderful legal activities in our land and give Chesterton’s thought a good and exacting examination as to what is wise. At least half of the tumultuous problems we face in the U.S. would evaporate if each right that is ranted about were looked at through Chesterton’s prism.
Ephesians 4:31 "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:"
Clamour: To loudly demand "rights." This practice is listed with some very destructive emotions. Better be careful
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