Value And Inalienable Rights

Value. n. To rate according to relative estimate of worth or desirability.

What is your value and who determines it? I believe our value is twofold: internal and in the eye of the beholder. For a Christian, it is God who determines our value and he is the beholder and establisher of all that we are. Surprisingly for an American the answer is the same. According to our Declaration of Independence we have inalienable rights endowed by our Creator. Inalienable rights are rights that impart value to everyone and are non transferable. In other words they cannot be given or taken away, not by government or by law or decree. Those rights are stated as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

I was reflecting on Francis Schafer recently and his position on the importance of a Christian worldview to our rights as U. S. citizens and how we (he was speaking over 25 years ago) are losing those rights to a humanistic worldview that makes law arbitrary to the cultural moment rather than based on inalienable rights bequeathed by our Creator.

Now that a new Supreme Court justice will be appointed, these issues are once again in the forefront. I know logical consistency is sometimes a stretch for politicians but I would like to ask the members of the Senate and its Judiciary Committee whether they believe the President’s nominee, Judge John G. Roberts, will protect or erode our inalienable rights and whether or not they themselves are committed to protecting those same rights. That would be an interesting discussion, especially if recorded and kept on point.

What do you think?

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