First, a few transparent statements:

  1. I have yet to get the vaccine; at this point I doubt I will (and I definitely will not until my recently diagnosed DVD (bloodclot) evaporates)
  2. If you get the vaccine, cool with me. If you elect not to get the vaccine, cool with me.
  3. There is no “Christian” answer to the question about vaccines. If you try to tell me that every Christian must get the shot; or every Christian must not get the shot I will lose interest in anything you have to say.
  4. Ditto masks.

That being said, or rather typed, if you are one who is vehemently against the vaccine; that is all good; whether I agree or disagree.

What is not good is if you shout lots of words about “my rights!”

If you are a follower of Christ, you have no rights.

You are a bondservant (slave) of Jesus Christ.

What “rights” does a slave have?


America is not now nor has she (is that offensive? get over it…) ever been a “Christian” nation. The Constitution and Bill of Rights are not inspired by God.

Yes, you have a right to your opinion. Yes, you have a right to express your opinion (at least so far).

But I caution you not to say or type, “It’s my right as an American to refuse…”

Because, again, you have no rights.


End of sentence.

Nothing follows.

The vehement, adamant screamers about either side of the issues remind me of a Petra classic:

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

13 thoughts on “YOU HAVE NO “RIGHTS”!”

  1. Interesting post.
    A seminar attended many years ago spoke of Christians surrendering rights. Would we not have to have
    rights to surrender them?
    Spiritual warfare is ongoing.
    Let’s focus on Jesus and His soon return. Let’s review 1 Corn 13 and the greatest of these is love.

    1. The only thing I know for certain about Jesus’ return is He is coming for me. He won’t be early, nor late. Pre/post/mid/don’t give a trib is of little importance to me My desire is to live that I won’t be ashamed at His coming..eschatology is not a crucial factor of faith; meaning I won’t die on that mountain. We are to present out bodies as living sacrifices. We are slaves. We have a Lord. I still maintain we have no rights; and that, as in many things, off-balance “patriotism” is not a good thing.

      1. Jack,

        I posted this once but it doesn’t look like it took.

        I disagree with a couple of assertions you make. While it’s true that many of the founders were diests and that the Declaration of Independence weren’t expressly Christian documents. They were legal documents to help formulate our government. There can be know denying that the founding documents were greatly influenced by Judeo Christian theology and influenced by the preaching of the Great Awakening. To say we weren’t founded as a Christian Nation is to simplistic an answer. Surely Christianity had a profound influence in our founding. That is undeniable.

        I also disagree with your stance on the Vaccines. Jesus was a revolutionary in His time. We are not called to be mind numbed robots if we see something that is morally wrong.

        You certainly have taken great pains to promote pro- life theology. How then can you overlook that fetal tissue from aborted babies is used in the research of these vaccines? Are we not supposed to oppose things like critical race theory or the ungodly perversion of some of the sex Ed that is infiltrating our schools.

        We are called to be salt and light preserving our nation and not just wall flowers.

        My father died after taking the Covid vaccine. It would be irresponsible not to point out the dangers involved in taking it. Our natural God Given immunity is 100 times more effective than any jab. I for one believe we should share the dangers of the Covid Vaccine. The truth is that there have been thousands of deaths directly related to it. That is why they have now come out and said that deaths within 14 days of the shot can’t be attributed to the shot. Are you kidding me.

        Our main calling is to make disciples but I for one am not going to sit back and say nothing when our kids are muzzled with masks that fauci and others have previously said we’re not effective.

  2. Finally, someone interprets “Bondslave” as Slave which is the only correct one. Thank you. It makes a huge difference.

  3. Hmmm…. my first thought is that indeed I am a slave. However, my “master” or “owner” is the Lord, not the government. Therefore I believe Jesus will direct the choices I make with and for my body if I allow it. I have made some not great choices, especially concerning the foods I use to fuel sometimes! 😕 I believe He also will direct what should be my choices regarding what vaccines I allow into my body. For that matter, He will direct all my choices. Those choices are like my rights to do what He directs me to do. He expects me to follow His directions. A somewhat difficult task most days during this era!

  4. Jack,

    I disagree with many of your assertions. While the role of the constitution and Bill of Rights was not a religious document, it certainly was influenced by Christian Thought and morals. It was influenced heavily by the preaching of the Great Awakening. I am aware that many of the founders were Diests but it doesn’t discredit the fact that the Judeo Christian ethics and morality were heavily iinterwoven throughout the founding documents. To just say we are not founded as a Christian nation in my opinion is just not a black and white issue. The answer is more complex than that .

    I also disagree with your reasoning about us being bond servants to Christ therefore we have no rights. God has given us discernment and wisdom to stand up to things we view as wrong and immoral. We are to be involved in the marketplace of ideas. Certainly you don’t back away from preaching against the evils of abortion. How can you stand by and say vaccines are ok when much of the research was done on aborted baby fetuses!

    My father died shortly after taking the vaccine. It would be irresponsible for me not to speak out on the dangers of it. I also think it is a responsible thing to speak against a lot of the lies that are being propagated by the Government. If you don’t see an agenda in all of this I would be baffled .

    This article is a good read

  5. Paul himself used his rights as a Roman Citizen. In Acts 25 Festus was going to take Paul to Jerusalem so charges could be brought against him, even though Paul insisted he had done no wrong. Acts 25:11-12Paul said, “I appeal to Caesar.” Then Festus, when he had conferred with his council, answered, “To Caesar you have appealed; to Caesar you shall go. ” (copied from Bible Gateway.) Only a Roman citizen could have made this request due to the rights given to them by their citizenship.

  6. I’ve heard conservatives saying “my body my choice” taking it from pro-abortion groups. If a person doesn’t belong to Jesus, defense of rights is worthless. If they belong to Him, not having rights is worth everything. We don’t defend our rights as citizens, we believe in peace, grace, godliness and patience (yes, patience). We defend living in a place where the name of God can be freely spoken. But if that fails, we find ways to speak it to as many as possible. We defend our families. Being a good steward of your property is wise, defending it is helpful only within the parameters of if your motive to to not let evil people run amuck. Be cautious about thinking of defending anything that is not of eternal value.

  7. It seems we have gone far afield on this one.
    I remember a famous Apostle, who, on more than one occasion, invoked the rights of his Roman citizenship. Acts 16:37: “They have beaten us in public without trial, men who are Romans, and have thrown us into prison; and now are they sending us away secretly? No indeed…”
    Acts 25:10, 11: “I am standing before Caesar’s tribunal, where I ought to be tried… but if none of those things is true of which these men accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar.”
    Basic rights do exist and they come from God as our Founders correctly stated in the Declaration of Independence: “…to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them… they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…”
    America was first settled/founded by Christians “for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith…” (Mayflower Compact), by the Plymouth Colony in 1620, and soon the Massachusetts Bay Colony to the north. Every subsequent colonial constitution had Christian principle, if not quoted scripture, written into them, which our Founders used while hammering out the federal documents – among those, The Bill of Rights.
    So, as the bondslaves of Christ, we do have rights – the rights He endowed us with in the Christian nation He gave us, which is now being judged by Him for turning away from Him. And soon the godless secular leadership now in power will remove what rights remain.
    Rev. Todd R. Gould

    1. Semper Fi. As you know, Todd, I sometimes launch a grenade with the intended purpose of spawning thought and gathering views. I still differ with you in saying the us is or ever has been Christian nation (whatever that would look like). Yes, there were many Christians involved in the settling (invasion? were I native American that is how I would describe it) of the colonies etc; and many were genuine believers by all accounts while many, many were deists at best. Did God found America? Yes, in the sense that He has established all governments in His sovereignty. Hopefully we can agree to disagree on that issue. But I might as well expand the truth of my views though pretty sure it will upset you…I have since I got out of prison always cringed when I am in a church that has an American flag on the same level as the pulpit. I recognize as a Vietnam vet it is hard for me to be objective about this; but far too many unsaaved people think we (USA) are God’s favorite and that He is a republican. Anyway, love you and thank you for making the time to gracefully yet plainly express your opinion.

  8. Hey Jack,
    Thanks for these thoughts. I too was reminded of Paul using his Roman citizenship to not get a beating. There were other times that he just quietly got the snot beaten out of him. No that’s not how the kjv words it.
    My concern with saying that “I have no rights” is that it is so easy to transfer that to “you have no rights”. I wonder if what you really mean is that one has no rights that matter more than another person. There is much in scripture about not withholding justice from the poor and the weak. To me that says we shouldn’t deprive them of their rights. If no one has rights, how can one be deprived of them? Jesus recognized his rights as the Son of God but willingly laid them down for us. Not denied that he had them.
    Just some random thoughts.

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