“…unalienable rights…”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights….”

The first premise, that all men are created equal, is certainly correct.  But, there is a caveat to that:  “equal” is not equal to “the same,” note the Parable of the Talents and the differences in male and female.

The second premise, about the “unalienable Rights,” is simply false.  You and I have no rights.  We forfeited any perceived “rights” when we committed that first sin.  Our neighbor, however, has all the rights.  We are debtor to them.  We are bondslaves.  When we understand this, we will each be happier and the world will be a better place.  You are not my slave, but I am yours.  Now go home and try that way of looking at things with your spouse.  See if your marriage doesn’t ignite.  Meanwhile, here are a few texts to chew on.

“Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.”And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave– (Matthew 20:26-27 NKJV)

… Yet I am among you as the One who serves. (Luke 22:27 NKJV)

I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. (Romans 1:14 NKJV)

… I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; (1 Corinthians 9:19 NKJV)


One Response to ““…unalienable rights…””

  1. mark Says:

    Blessed Feast Day! Christ is in our midst!

    Hello John, my name is Mark (Basil). I visited your site after you commented on Fr Stephen’s blog. I love this post you have here; beautifully put.

    I have a blog in which I explore nonviolence from an Orthodox perspective. Someone wanted to know my perspective on Rom. 13, and I’ve reposted my thoughts there if you wish to have a look:

    -Mark Basil

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