In PART 2 FOR BOTH “HOW A POOR WIDOW ANSWERED HER CALLING” AND “GOVERNMENT-GIVEN RIGHTS VERSUS GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS” we merged two seeming unrelated posts. In part 2 we showed that the early church organized the first Christian charity to care for and honor widows.
What Does The Bible Teach About Rights?
In an odd way Part 2 covered to a large extent what Part 2 of GOVERNMENT-GIVEN RIGHTS VERSUS GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS was originally suppose to cover: What Does The Bible Teach About Rights? How is that? Jesus showed how much He loved even those who seem least among us. He demonstrated that God wants us to love each other because He loves us.
Galatians 3:26-29 New King James Version (NKJV)
Sons and Heirs
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
In ancient times, only the rulers claimed themselves kindred with the gods, that is, like or in the image of the gods. The elites regarded ordinary people as slaves and drudges. Woman and children were nearly worthless; these could not even feed themselves. Widows just proved the inadequacy of women.
Jesus changed our perspective. He affirmed and demonstrated what Genesis says, that we are all made in the image of God. In fact, once we choose to believe in Him, we each become a new man.
Colossians 3:12-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
Character of the New Man
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
When we are born again in Jesus Christ, we show our love for Him by striving to obey His commands. We become virtuous.
What do all virtues have in common? When we are virtuous, we become better servants of our neighbors. We respect our neighbors rights. We help each other.
In the next post we consider why Statism is contrary to the formation of virtue, to the development of the new man.
To Be Continued