Philippians 2:5-9 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name,

Faith is a very difficult thing, even in the best of times, and I’m not certain that these are the best of times – for everything I see in the world is fighting full time against faith. Chief among the causes that fight against faith are those based on rights – for rights need to be asserted – you must loudly demand to be heard, and claim all that you are owed. Its even better if there is some injustice, real or imagined that one can point to – something that you can demand compensation for – and if you can make the claim that you are a victim, well, that seems to improve you chances.

The problem is that victims have in some way been injured, and the sympathy for victims is one that flows from a compassion that sees that they cannot take care of themselves, and cannot claim their rights, they just don’t have energy for such things – they are struggling just to survive.

There is also a problem concerning what is owed – for that must mean that someone is in your debt –and it means that you must be able to show what you have done, for which you have not been compensated. The problem is that usually this case cannot be made, and so we are left to talk about rights that come just because we are.

Who says we have a right to a chicken in every pot? A leader may say such things, and it may well be his desire, but if he is not willing to pay the price, he should not have said such a thing. But that’s what happens – someone says we have a right, but someone else is supposed to pay for it.

And in the end it comes down to God, who by some strange argument owes us, and we are determined to collect what is owed us. And that is just plain silly, for the first thing that happens when we try to place a claim against God, is that God opens the law, and examines his claim against us – and what we owe him

But what is faith – it is emptying yourself, as Christ did, confident that God will supply whatever is necessary – not because of right, but by grace through faith in Christ