Wednesday, September 24, 2008

For Misty (with update)

**update**(as I reread my post a few hours later, I realize that it is quite dark. I am so saddened at the death of a sweet Christian Warrior, Misty. Her death is so unfair! And it led me talk to God... what is fair, anyway?? Although my thoughts here are dark, yet I live in the Light - as did Misty, and as does her family. Where there is Light, there can be no darkness....)

Sometimes I think the reason why the world has such trouble walking in the ways of God, or accepting Him at all, is because of this: we are stuck with an internal lie that we have rights.
May I introduce a thought:
We have no rights.

Oh, some of these rights are taught to us on the surface: "Because you are worth it;" "You deserve a break;" "You earned it;" "It is only fair;"........

Others are richer, more beautiful, more idealistic: "The right to happiness;" "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness:" "The right to peace;" "The right to equality;" "The right to vote;" "The right to a family;" "The right to believe as we see fit;" "The right to dignity;".....

Others are even basic and necessary: "The right to breathe;" "The right to eat;" "The right to sleep;" "The right to live;"....

Think about it. We are promised none of these things.

Try telling a hurting, hungry, destitute soul that we have a right to beauty products 'because we are worth it.' Try telling a decaying, dying, disease-ridden body that we have a 'right to dignity, life, libery, and the pursuit of happiness.' Try telling a mother who holds her dead child that we all have the 'right to live.' Folly!! It is mere folly.

Instead, we only know one thing that we will ALL experience: Death.
That is our only human right, our only promise, that applies to all.
"For the wages of sin is death"............

OH, FRIENDS!! This is why Jesus Christ and his saving gospel are called:
The Good News.

We may not truly have any rights.
But we are not left alone to be hopeless here on this earth. There is a bigger story behind all the pain, the suffering, the loss, the death that seems to face us everyday....
No. rights are just a figment of our imaginations... We do not truly have any rights.
But we CAN have Life. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

"....but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -Romans 6:23

2 friends had a thing or two to say...:

Anonymous said...

Perfect post. I love it.

Christine Lynn said...

Very well written...I am so sorry for your loss. I am always amazed how during our darkest times here on earth God gently shines His light for us and times even picks us up and carries us for a bit. Big warm hugs and prayers of comfort for all that have been left behind to grieve the loss of a loved one.