Our right to choose does not make all choices right | Worship

By Pastor Jeff Dutra, Mukilteo Foursquare Church | Jun 07, 2017

I’m so thankful that we live in a country – here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. – where freedom of choice is a value that we hold dearly.

There are many countries in the world where that isn’t the case, and people find themselves living in a state of governmental and/or social oppression. America certainly isn’t without its weaknesses, but one of our strengths is that we celebrate freedom of choice.

Researchers have determined that adults make about 35,000 choices or decisions every day, and young children make about 3,000. Oh to be a child again, when one of our most difficult choices was whether to actually brush our teeth, or to just get the toothbrush wet so it looks like we did when mom checks.

When you consider all the daily choices we have to make, it’s no wonder that most of us feel mentally exhausted by the end of the day.

Some of our choices are of very little consequence. For example: Do I take a shower before bed, or take one in the morning? Do I have coffee or tea today? Do I take leftovers for lunch, or eat out?

Other choices we make are a little more consequential, but still probably won’t alter the quality of our lives too much. For instance, do I go to the gym, or do I tell myself again that I just don’t have time? Do I tell my golf partner to put me down for a par on the last hole, or do I tell them to put me down for the double-bogey that I actually got? Do I fill my dinner plate with as much food as it will hold, or do I exercise some portion control?

Most of these types of decisions may have some affect on our lives, but they probably won’t impact our lives in a great way. Well, maybe choosing to lie and say you got a par when you actually got a double-bogey is the exception. After all, God is listening.

There are, however, some choices we are faced with that can have devastating consequences in our lives. We may defiantly tell those who disagree with our choices that we have the right to do whatever we want to do, but exercising that freedom of choice may come with very devastating consequences.

For instance, do I secretly pursue a relationship with someone other than my spouse and risk destroying my family, or do I put my family first and remain faithful? Do I drive home after having too much to drink and put my life and the lives of other drivers at risk, or do I call for a cab? Do I continue in an addictive behavior that enslaves me, or do I reach out to someone for help?

We may tell others who question our decision making that we have the right to do whatever we want to do, and that’s true, but it’s also true that there may be devastating consequences from unwise choices.

There’s a powerful verse in the Bible that speaks to the importance of our choices. In Dueteronomy 30:19, God says, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses ...Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!”

We see here that God pleads with us to carefully consider our choices, and to make choices that lead to life and blessing. He pleads with us in this way because it grieves His heart when we, and those we love, suffer from the consequences of bad choices.

You may be facing some difficult choices in your life right now. I want to encourage you to consider them carefully, realizing that the choices you make not only affect your own life, but also the lives of those closest to you.

 

Jeff Dutra is the lead pastor for Mukilteo Foursquare Church. For more information about the Foursquare church, go to www.mukilteofoursquare.org.

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