“But I have not used any of these rights.”
1 Corinthians 9:15 (NIV)
Ours is a generation where some people demand their rights but then seem to ignore their responsibilities. Excuses abound as to why people cannot do what they should in life. The idea that we “ought” to do certain things is sadly missing from the horizon of too many people today in the western world.
The Christian view is that we have many responsibilities in life and we seek diligently to perform the things that ought to do. So believers are quick to step up to the plate (a baseball term) in order to perform their responsibilities. However, as followers of Jesus, we know that we should not be aggressive in demanding our rights.
“Does this mean we are to let people walk all over us?” someone asks. Not necessarily, but when a person raises that question I wonder if they are in the camp of those who are always demanding what they believe the world owes them. It is a legitimate question, but we should be careful how anxious we are to get all we should have in this life.