Dr. James Howell from Myers Park UMC writes:
Instead of “rights,” the Bible speaks of “gifts.” There is no “right to life.” Life is a gift, and this may be the compelling reason we do not have any right to destroy life. I do not have “rights” over my own body; God has those “rights.” My body is a gift of God, an instrument to be used in service to God, a temple of God’s Spirit, not a private domain for me to use as I wish. Christians get “responsibility” – which is “response-ability.” God has made us able to respond to God’s gifts. Responsible people do not gripe or whine so much as they get involved, they do something. Citizenship is responsibility, and perhaps the Christians could foster a buoyant hope in America life by simply refusing to play the “rights” card and instead lead the way in taking responsibility for the good stewardship of God’s gifts.
Isn’t it freeing to think I am not a fist seizing my rights? but instead I am an open hand, gratefully receiving gifts from a loving God?
Rights are about me; gifts are about us.
Rights require law; gifts require love.
Rights build walls; gifts open doors.
Rights I cling to; gifts I share.
Rights depend on government; gifts come down from God.