tired of being put on hold

when your rights are put on hold cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

There are a lot of people being put on hold. Their inalienable rights are being withheld.

Who withholds them? Those in power who have the “hold” button while enjoying their inalienable rights.

“Let’s just give this time.”

“Let’s not rush it.”

“Let’s just see how this turns out.”

“If God is behind it then eventually it’ll turn out.”

“Patience is required in times like these.”

“We must wait for more information and clarity.”

These are things said by people who are enjoying their rights about people who aren’t.

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  • There are exceptions but churches are typically institutions that act to conserve the biases and presuppositions from previous generations. They do this by elevating these biases to not being merely human biases but God’s biases and then claiming that anything that God thinks is good by definition so the biases must be good and correct. Add to this the belief that God is unchanging and it makes it hard for the church-goers to change their social views.

  • klhayes

    Funny how those in power have inalienable rights…given to them by God as they like to prousdly boast but don’t seem to think that those different from them might also have inalienable rights.

  • Pat68

    One gay couple at a former church was told they would be prayed for. Not feeling as though they needed that, they ended up at a more inclusive church that I also ended up at. We met during the new attendees class, which is where I heard their story.

    Another woman, who was straight, was not even granted an interview for membership because she could not affirm the church’s stance on homosexuality being a sin.

  • Ryan Hite

    Christianity is going through a tough transition right now and they need to either change to embrace a new generation and focus on the right things that Christ actually taught or they will go into obscurity.

  • Steelwheels

    Rights? This is just sad. If you’re going to be a follower of Christ then you give up all your “rights”, even the ones you think are good and given to you by God.

  • mrichardson84

    So the point of Christianity is to be a slave and have no individuality? That kind of brainwashed mentality is what’s sad. I’m sorry that’s how you think Christians should live.

  • Steelwheels

    How did the disciples refer to themselves? It’s not my opinion. Revelation 1:1, Jude 1:1, 2 Peter 1:1, James 1:1, Titus 1:1, Philippians 1:1 Paul, James, Peter, Jude, and John and Timothy all called themselves slaves or more accurately bondservants.

  • Steelwheels, Perhaps you can look forward to an eternity of being a vestigial appendix on the body of Christ but please understand that there are many of us who would like to experience the freedom of individuality in the here and now and exercise the rights that so many have fought and died for.

  • Steelwheels

    Jeff, you have the freedom to experience whatever you desire in the here and now. It is very costly to follow Christ and no one can force you.

  • mrichardson84

    I won’t argue with that. But I guess we’re looking at this differently, and that our definitions of “rights” differ. While it’s true the apostles sacrificed greatly to follow Jesus, I don’t think it meant giving up their rights completely, or their individuality. Even Paul protested the abusive treatment he received at the hands of the Romans, claiming Roman citizenship. We all have the right to be respected, and I believe loving one another includes respecting one’s individuality. I take back what I said about “brainwashing.” But I don’t think Jesus meant we should be doormats and just let people abuse or disrespect us.

  • mrichardson84

    Also, the point David was making about rights was that the more conservative denominations enjoy the right to be welcomed and affirmed without question, while this is often not the case with LGBT people. It’s a double standard, and that’s the point of this article.

  • Rights, though, should be granted equally. People can choose to voluntarily give up their own rights but rights should be granted onto others equally. It isn’t right to say that consenting adults of hetero sexual preference have the right to get married but consenting adults of homo sensual preference can’t. Although, as an individual, you are free to decline to exercise a right. For example, you can decide to never get married because you want to dedicate 100% of your time and energy for a particular cause (like following Jesus). You are free to do that. We fight, though, against people that want to deny rights to others.

  • klhayes

    And that if you choose to join a church…that is why church and state should be separate. Government should make sure that as many people have as many rights as possible which includes non-Christians and many that the church would reject.

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  • Sarah

    You forgot, ” I’ll pray about that.” 🙂 I HATE that one because it’s at total cop out most of the time for people who don’t want to take responsibility for the decisions they make. It drives me nuts!

  • Sarah

    I have always interpreted the disciples calling themselves “slaves” as THEY being the ones that came up with the title. It isn’t that they HAD to, but I think they WANTED to because they loved Jesus to that point. I think it is more about what they wanted, more then what Jesus MADE them do.

  • rob g

    An interesting read related to this is “Is Prophetic Neutrality Possible?” http://fireandrose.blogspot.ca/2013/04/is-prophetic-neutrality-possible.html. Among other things, it looks at Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, and how he was not simply interested in “building bridges” nor in waiting for the white moderates to come around, because it was a matter of justice and something had to change!