I sometimes wonder whether we American Christians spend far too much of our time and energy talking about our rights.
In the worse cases this becomes whining about or demanding something be done about our rights... as if seizing our own rights were the essence of what it means to follow a crucified Lord. It is not.
Look at the life of the Apostle Paul, for example, in the book of Acts. He clearly thought much more in terms of his responsibility (as a Christian, as salt and light, as an ambassador, as a witness, as a servant/slave of Jesus, as a father/mother to the church, as a disciple-maker, as a cross-bearer, as a repenter and believer, as a sacrifice and sacrificer, as a worshipper in spirit and truth, as a herald of the gospel, as a lover of his neighbor, as a law-obeyer, as a diligent worker in his God-given calling, as a vital part of Christ's mission and community, etc.) than of his rights.
What if the American church adopted more of that perspective? Perhaps we would once again become culture-makers... which is far better than defensively complaining about what the culture is doing or not doing for us.
Thinking in terms of your responsibilities will always be more fruitful than thinking in terms of your rights... no matter what the question is.
However, looking at the Apostle Paul's example in the book of Acts, we do find that there are times to mention our rights. There are times to insist on our rights. Paul did this from time to time with regard to his rights as a Roman citizen.
At this moment in the story of America, I believe Hobby Lobby has encountered one of those moments. What should we do about this as Christians? What should we do about this as Americans?
Read the article below by Denny Burk...