Over the last few months we have been looking at how “whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.”
The Corinthian church had become ‘rights‘ obsessed. They said that food was created for the body and the body for food – so they could eat anything. One one level they could (indeed, Paul warns the Colossians about people who would come and stop them eating certain foods). However, just because something isn’t wrong, doesn’t make it right.
For example: It’s not wrong to drink alcohol, but if I cause a brother to stumble into drunkenness, it isn’t right.
Yet, as Christians, we have become ‘rights’ obsessed. Even saying that the gospel makes us rights obsessed, and that our rights trump all other Christian teaching. I listened to a young Christian give a talk a few weeks ago and the most consistent phrase in the talk was my/our ‘rights’.
How often do you get angry if church doesn’t sing your songs? Isn’t it your rights to sings what YOU want? When was the last time you back -bit about church because not everyone speak TO YOU? Isn’t it your right to be the centre of the universe?
Abraham Kuyper said this:
As Christians we must never say “mine!” or “my rights!”….we must only say “His!” and “Theirs!”.
Do you struggle to give up your rights?
Have you bought into the lie that it is your Christian duty to despise others for the sake of your rights? Look at Jesus, in the Garden, giving up all of his rights for us. We cannot look at the one who alone can say “mine!” saying “not my will…” and continue to be so rights obsessed.
Have a listen to the following if you want to know more:
Are you really saved? 1 Corinthians 10 part 1http://alonetone.com/jonathan/tracks/1-corinthians-10-21st-november-2010-jonathan-thomas.mp3?referer=download
Who is saying “mine!”? 1 Corinthians 10 part 2http://alonetone.com/jonathan/tracks/1-corinthians-1014-111-28th-november-2010-jonathan-thomas.mp3?referer=download