George Bernard Shaw was a defender of Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin. He felt that you needed to justify your existence.
George Bernard Shaw was a socialist. He evidently felt that your rights come from government.
Where do you think your rights originate?
Anytime people measure your right to live by your value to society, the very young and the old become worthless. Only the producing employed have value.
You might wonder how a socialist could come to that conclusion. We tend to think of our new health care bill as an attempt to socialize medicine. Everyone will benefit, right? Not necessarily. Other countries have already found that they can’t make it work. The reason they cannot make it work has been either the necessity to ration and / or the inability to pay for it.
If you follow the logical train of thought here, you have to come to the conclusion that a system like this does not work unless everyone is paying into it. The only way to do that is to grant a person their rights based on their ability to produce. Therefore, only those producing are valuable.
I must admit that I really don’t know that people like Shaw wind up there by that exact logic, but historically socialism, communism, and Marxism tend to end badly. They all tell you that your rights come from government.
As Christians, we know our rights come from God. God does not measure value by how much we produce.
How much are we worth? God gave His only begotten Son for us. That’s how much. Jesus was God in the flesh, and He came to die on a cross for us. He rose and beat death that your sins could be forgiven.
How much does He care about our day-to-day details?
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Key Focal Verse:
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Today’s challenge is to realize that you have value to God. If you are having a bad day or maybe you’ve had a bad couple of days, you are important to God. God does care what you are going through. You do matter, and God loves you. He does have a plan for your life. If you have not trusted Jesus as your Savior, please trust Him today.