God Owns You

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.

The founding fathers knew that we were endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights. They also knew that all men were created equal, but their culture informed them otherwise, which is why they still had slavery. Today we are just as blinded to the truth because our culture informs us that we are endowed with many, many rights just because we want them. God is not even in the picture. That is why we have abortion. And no-fault divorce. And fatherless children. And gay marriage. And transgender children. I could go on.

We desperately need to remember that we are not the gods of this world. We have a God who created us, and then gave us authority to act on His behalf in this world. “And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'” (Genesis 1:28). Instead, we seek to subdue one another on the Earth’s behalf, and empty it of its humans.

God created us. We did not create ourselves. And He gave us creative agency so we could subdue the Earth and fill it with good things. Then He will one day judge us and reward us for what we have done with it. You will not be judged by a jury of your corrupt, godless, self-serving peers. You will be judged by God, and by those who still act on His behalf. “Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world?” (1 Corinthians 6:2).

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