The vindications are as old as the world. There has always been a battle for power in every age that one remembers, people who have felt the duty to claim a fundamental or acquired right. The problem of any battle is to find the balance between the two parties with rights.
From the human perspective, there will always be a pendulum tendency to disequilibrium, and cyclically there will be conflicts to balance classes, the economy, the society. “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10 NIV), whether a governor or a common people.
The problem with conventional vindications is that human beings assume that there is no higher moral reference than that of oneself. The lack of reliable, stable and lasting references leads to cyclical social instability.
Vindicating a right is correct, good and desirable, if accompanied by the appropriate spirit. The moment the spirit that accompanies these manifestations degenerates into violence to the detriment of others, it distorts and devalues the right claimed, if it does not completely annul it, even if it was legitimate.
This denaturalization of a legitimate dialogue occurred for the first time in heaven itself, when Lucifer claimed God’s resignation to take his place (Isaiah 14:12-14). It finally degenerated into a true “war in Heaven” (Revelation 12:7-9) that has ended in guerrilla warfare (2 Peter 2:19) with human shields manipulated against their will (1 John 5:19).
If there is one cause that I strive for every day it is to free minds from this captivity (Acts 26:18) and thus claim true Righteousness (Psalm 89:14). If it is worth reclaiming something in this life, it is the restoration of the lost order in the Universe (Psalm 103:20-22) and, ultimately, the character of the one who was unjustly questioned from the beginning and who, by having left Him out of public life, we see the absence of his character in today’s society (1 John 4:8).
My claim today is for the rights of every human being, but, above all, the fundamental right to a durable and quality of life (John 3:16) that does not always coincide with human expectations. These rights I claim every day of my life, for myself and others.
Pedro Torres – Chief Editor – Revue Adventiste – Éditoriel January 2019
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