Creation of "Rights", No Responsibility and Loss of Privileges
By Jason Hardaway

Freedom without responsibility is self-centeredness and leads to chaotic breakdown of society and the loss of freedom. Every action or decision has its consequences. Without taking responsibility for our actions and decisions as an individual and dealing with those consequences, then the community or more likely the government will have to deal with those consequences. Then as the government begins acting irresponsibly, those consequences fall back on the citizens who have already refused to be responsible as well, sending the responsibility back to the government. The government then begins reducing the peoples choices in order to eliminate the peoples responsibility, and creates ˇ°rightsˇ± for the people. As more and more privileges and responsibilities are converted to "rights", the government continues to gain control over the people. The irresponsible people then come to expect those "rights" to be delivered to them. With that kind of expectation the government has power to withhold those "rights" or tease the people, and the people become pawns or subjects of the government. This transition is one to socialism and dictatorships resulting in loss of freedom.

As individuals we have been granted free will by our Creator. This gives us the ability to choose how we live our lives, but these choices will have consequences, some rewarding and others will be punishable. There are also individual rights, and there are also consequences and punishments for the misuse or nonuse of those rights. The people have the ability to give up those rights, by choice and being irresponsible. The privileges we have can be revoked as punishment. When rights and privileges are abused and not taken with responsibility they can be lost, confused, intertwined and new "rights" are defined that are not really rights at all.

In the Declaration of Independence for the United States of America it says "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, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." So some of our rights are life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Happiness is not a right in itself, but a free will choice to be happy, the ability to purse it that is the right.

There are also boundaries in which our pursuits and choices in utilizing our rights must be maintained, and those boundaries are exampled throughout the Bible and exemplified in the life of Jesus Christ. Other rights are listed in our Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution, such as freedom of religion. Although the United States and our Constitution was founded on Christian Biblical principles other religions have taken advantage of that freedom. A united country cannot stand with divided interests. Matthew 6:24 says "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Likewise a country cannot have citizens that have dual citizenships or loyalties, to two countries, laws, cultures or religions, either they will hate the one and love the other or be devoted to the one and despise the other.

Other rights include the freedom of speech and peaceable assemblies in protest or support. There is also the right of individuals to bear arms. Again there are responsible boundaries for such rights.

The government cannot be irresponsible by not holding the people responsible for their actions. We the people are to be proactive and to be responsible in providing needs for our family as well, such as health care and education. The government may be responsible in ensuring access to these entities, but they are not "rights" that the government is to give the people. As the government continues to bail out individuals or companies due to their lack of responsibility it becomes a slippery slope. A downhill slide that becomes attractive for those who are looking for an easy way out or free ride by not having to be responsible for their actions and decisions. As this continues privileges and rights become redefined as the government desires resulting in the loss of our liberties, our freedom.

There is a saying that holds true; there is a price to pay. We either pay now and play later, or play now and pay later. Either way there is a price to pay.

Thank God that He is in control, and our hope is in Him and our one true Saviour is Jesus Christ. The Bible says the message of the cross is foolishness to the nonbelievers. Sadly this can also be said about all of the Bible and the principles God set forth in it. His discipline and punishment of His creation is just. He is also full of mercy, compassion, grace and love, so that none shall perish.

May the one true God, whose only begotten Son died and rose so that we may live, bless America, whose sons and daughters have died so that we may have our freedoms here and around the world.

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