Black Lives Matter. Women’s Lives Matter. Babies Lives Matter. Muslim Lives Matter. Christian Lives Matter….
But human rights can get in the way of real communication and real progress, and sometimes it does.
Human rights doesn’t seem to look at culture and can demand equality rather than recognising there are differences that need resolving. Just shoving a label of accusation at one group and and demanding rights for another isn’t a real solution, is it?
When I saw recently that the UK government was being sued by some Christian churches because of the lockdown, I thought that was an ultimate betrayal of the spirit of freedom, and the scripture that asks us to pray for and obey the government (Romans 13, Titus 3).
There is a spirit — an evil spirit — behind the declaration of human rights. Please hear me through…. the sentiment is precious and relevant and important. But split the hair and what do you get? An excuse for complaint, defiance and rebellion.
When our blood begins to boil at perceived injustice, ask: is this the Holy Spirit? If it is not, it is the flesh (1 Corinthians 3). There is no middle ground.
I think life matters. I think church matters. But GOD matters more than anything else, and He wants us to be changed, transformed, through the renewing of our minds, not through strife and demand. Fighting the government is not what GOD wants. And we, in our pursuit of Jesus, Holiness and Sanctification, must want what GOD wants.
Rebellion in the guise of the pursuit of our human rights is not Godly.
Church, wake up to what GOD is saying. He is sovereign. He is not disturbed by a virus, but He can use that virus to speak to us. In all circumstances, we allow GOD to reign, correct? So, let us rise up in faith, and spiritual warfare…. but not warfare in the flesh. Let’s not assume church is meant to remain as it was. Don’t fight for what GOD wants to change. Swim in the stream of the Holy Spirit. Discern and discover how GOD wants to move now.
I will follow on in another blog post, more about church and our need to allow GOD to reshape His church — His people — into the likeness of His son, Jesus/Yeshua, the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
I pray. In Jesus’ name, Amen.