Freedom & rights aren’t the same thing

Want freedom?
When people are free
They will disagree
And see
Things differently.

We have the right to try to persuade others. We don’t have the right to verbally attack, manipulate, or coerce them. Insulting people is not, and never has been, a human right. It’s simply unkindness.

Respecting human rights begins with respecting the right of people to disagree with you. To verbally attack and/or try to intimidate someone for simply disagreeing with you is to assault their right to free speech. My freedom of speech doesn’t give me the right to scorn, insult, or belittle other people.

Freedom and rights are not the same thing. As humans we have the freedom to do wrong, but that doesn’t make doing wrong a right. Just because you are free to do something doesn’t mean you have a right to do it. If you claim something as a right, but doing it bothers your conscience, it’s probably a sin, not a right.

If you claim something as a human right, you have no right to deny that right to other people. The American Declaration of Independence proclaims that rights are God-given & inalienable, not that they are earned or deserved.

If you’re on social media, watch TV, or follow politics, then you know that the right to not be offended doesn’t exist. We all have the right to disagree with other people’s opinions and/or beliefs, but we don’t have to be mean about it.

Too often people surrender the most basic human right: The right to think original thoughts.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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