Monday, July 15, 2013
As I have mentioned in other posts, I was raised in a cult. And, a couple of the teachings have been puzzling me the past few days. One of the earliest teachings of the cult is the idea of yielding your rights to God. Basically, the idea is that you write all of your rights down on paper then pray and give them to God. Then, the other part of the teaching is that if you get angry then it is because someone violated one of your rights and you didn't give it to God. The teaching being that people could violate your rights and you shouldn't get upset about it. The more I think through this teaching, the more irrational it sounds. But, as a child, this was impressed upon me at an early age. My parents were big proponents of yielding your rights. Even to this day, my parents would back up that teaching. Although, there is no basis for it in Scripture, as Bill Gothard claims. The verse he takes that teaching from merely states that Jesus submitted to the Father's will when He left heaven, even though He was God, He became a Man (Philippians 2). That passage does not say anything about Jesus yielding our rights or leave any implication that that is what Christians are to do. Yet, that brings me to my next question. What rights do I have? After being taught as a child that I am to have no rights, what are reasonable rights that I should not let others take advantage of? My husband gets frustrated with me because he says I let people walk all over me because I won't tell them "no'. And, how should I react when someone is walking all over me? My first reaction is to let them do what they want and turn the other cheek to their behavior.