Human Rights Related to the Practice of Christianity
The concepts of freedom and morality in society are important to further study on human rights. And this assumption of morality is important for the advancement of present and future society to smooth social relationships in our day-to-day lives, for peace and harmony, freedom and prosperity among other things. For that reason, it is important to promote more morality among human beings.
On the other hand, opposite to morality, there is destruction and violence and other negative things. Kieran Cronin states “moral harm is one of the most serious kinds of harm to be guarded against in life. The reason for being moral is that it
pays to be moral in the ordinary sense in which people live in peace and harmony and enjoy the good things of life.”70
Less morality can have negative consequences on human beings, such as aggression, conflict, tyranny and others problems. However, in the short term, it may not able to perceive immediately the importance of morality, but in the long-term it can be easily seen how important it is. Here, Foot believed that immoral people may prosper for a while, but in the long term they will be unhappy.71
Indeed morality is important to human beings. In modern times, the world has developed common standards and norms of morality called human rights according to the United Nations. “Human rights” are the results of various claim of freedoms, and interrelated with each other.
Freedom from slavery and freedom for discrimination are very old human rights issues with long struggles by human beings. In modern Christian history, religious freedom and freedom of conscience become the next important issues to this day; Christians in many countries are still suffering related to these issues, such as in Myanmar and North Korea, and Adventists have many freedom of conscience issues. Media freedom, freedom from violence (to achieve peace) and freedom from poverty are present on going issues in the world.
On these selected freedoms issues, what is the Christian view and response to them. These are current challenges to Christianity, particularly to the Asian Christian community.