Inspired by this week's news report on Saudi women making a stand for their rights to drive cars, I started to pray about all human rights: Women's rights. Gay rights. The rights of the elderly. Rights of the disabled. Children's rights. Immigrant's rights. The right to drive. The right to pray.
In looking to pray about this, I found a series of ideas from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy helped to resolve this issue with healing.
In all these cases, what is the protest?
“The heavenly law is broken by trespassing upon man’s individual right of self-government. “ SH 447: 1
Therein lies the protest to many human rights issues. How do we find healing here?
"God has built a higher platform of human rights, and He has built it on diviner claims." SH 226:14
What are these claims?
" ...Christian Science ...claims God as the only absolute Life and Soul, and man to be His idea, — that is, His image.
It should be added that this is claimed to represent the normal, healthful, and sinless condition of man in divine Science, and that this claim is made because the Scriptures say that God has created man in His own image and after His likeness." SH 226:14
How does this all add up to healing?
Every individual – regardless of category – has the right of self-government. Every individual is an expression of his and her Creator. As that becomes clearer in our thought, we find our way to a greater freedom from prejudice --- from sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia.
Have you noticed that in the effort to curtail the rights of some classification of mankind, that the argument is made for that classification's moral inferiority. And so, the argument continues that those making the argument are morally superior.
The argument is flawed and based on opinion. It tries to make divisions where there is no divine authority for doing so.
We are all made in God's image and likeness. The Old Testament in Genesis gives us the platform where we begin to see ourselves as God created us.
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.... And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." Gen. 1:27, 31 (to 1st .)
The New Testament letter to the Galatians, develops the idea:
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." Gal 3:28
We are all one. We are all on the same team. Human rights can advance on that platform.
Kim C Korinek, CSB
banner photo (c) Micah Korinek; other photos by Gabe Korinek, Kim Korinek, Brad Crooks. Leslie Larsen (c) 2016