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Most people will have heard of the Human Rights Act and some may even have read it.  For those who would like to read it you will find it here.  As you can see, it is a Government document that covers our 'rights' as humans as guaranteed under the European Convention of Human Rights.

Whatever our interest in Human Rights, be it the right to life, the right to die, the right to work, the right to have the state look after us, the right to travel, the right to be educated, the right to expect a fair trial, the right to ........ whatever, we invariably fall into the way of thinking that 'I' have this particular right.  Yet do we?  Does my right to do what 'I' want impinge on your right to do what you want, and vice versa?

Society was once based on the Ten Commandments but these laws have gradually been eroded and replaced with legislation that allowed such a selfish society that eventually to protect this ideal the Human Rights Act had to be drafted.  Now we have to think twice (or even more) before doing anything in case someone says we have violated their Human Rights.  What sort of society have we become where 'I' am the centre - my needs, wants and desires above your needs, wants and desires?

In the Bible (Matthew chapter 22 verses 36-40) Jesus is asked by a Pharisee, an expert in the law, "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"  Jesus replied "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it 'Love your neighbour as yourself.'  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.""  Nowhere does it say anything about putting 'self' first as the Human Rights Act decrees.  It should be God first and others next.

Again in the Bible (Mark chapter 9 verses 33-35) it says "They came to Capernaum.  When he was in the house, he (Jesus) asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?"  But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.  Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.""  Hardly something that will be found in the Human Rights Act - serving others - putting others before 'self'.  Instead of concentrating on Human Rights, maybe we should concentrate on Human Responsibility.

For those who discard the Bible, remember - no matter what Human Rights you may think you have, it is only the Lord God who allows each one of us to take our next breath.  Psalm 104 verse 29b says "When you (God) take away their breath, they die and return to the dust."  The Human Rights Act cannot give us our next breath and does not know how long each of us has to live.  Only the God of the Bible, our Creator, knows that.  The laws of man can never supersede the Law of God and we would be foolish if we misplaced our trust by thinking they could.

We may not all get to see inside a court of law, whether it be for Human Rights or some other issue, but we will all one day be before our Lord God to give an account of our lives and to say which laws we kept and which laws we broke.  Are you ready for that day?