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She Made A Different Choice

faith“Did I do something wrong?” That was the question a humanist French journalist (identified as “Isabelle”) asked after finding out that her daughter had converted to Judaism. She followed that up with, “I have nothing against Judaism. I am just against any religion.”

Isabelle doesn’t think much of religion. She grew up attending Catholic School, became an atheist, and is now a self-declared “progressive, humanist woman.” Religions, she believes, tell you how to think, as opposed to being a libre penseur, “free thinker.”

Nevertheless, it is in fact, ‘thinking for herself,’ that caused Isabelle’s daughter to choose another path. It is a path that leads to faith and religion. It is a path that many French youth are apparently choosing as well.

You see, Isabelle’s daughter’s generation is asking questions and seeking answers that their parents’ atheism is incapable of answering. Isabelle’s daughter believes that her parents’ philosophies have failed to bring about positive change in society. So she said, “I need something else.”

Still, the choice doesn’t come easily. Scripture says, “Honor your Father and Mother.” As any person who has made the choice to leave the religion of their parents knows, it can cause tension.

But honoring parents doesn’t mean making the same choices that they made, especially since choices have eternal consequences. The same God who said, honor your Father and Mother,” also reminds us that religion is a choice, not an inheritance. God expects us to think for ourselves, to reason through the evidence, and to make a decision.

Joshua gave the Israelites this choice. He said that they had 3 options: 1) worship the idols of the land they conquered, 2) continue the failed ideas of their parents, or 3) they could choose God. As for him and his family, no question about it, they would choose God (Joshua 24:15).

And, Joshua told the Israelites to choose “today.” There is urgency. No one wants to offend a parent or grandparent, but each day is a precious opportunity to make a better choice.

If I can help, get in touch…I’d love to show you how the evidence leads to Jesus.

Enforced Volunteers

ebola debateAccording to their statement, Maine officials are “confident” that:

“the selfless health workers, who were brave enough to care for Ebola patients in a foreign country, will be willing to take reasonable steps to protect the residents of their own country.”

And while the State of Maine appears hopeful, clearly officials are unconvinced. So they will be enacting Plan B – “Enforced Voluntary” quarantines.

“Enforced voluntary,” now there is an oxymoron. There is, of course, no such thing as a “forced volunteer.” But, time after time, we hope people will put others first, and then we make laws when they won’t. It has been this way from the beginning. God allowed Adam & Eve the opportunity to choose right, but enacted consequences when they chose the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life.

Examine the evidence. NY’s first Ebola patient, Dr. Craig Spencer, lied to authorities about travelling around the city. He told officials he had self-quarantined when, in fact, he rode the subways, dined out, and went bowling. All of which came to light only when authorities examined his Metro card.

Consider Kaci Hickox, the nurse who has said that she has no intention of “sticking to the guidelines.” Or consider Amber Vinison, the nurse who had a 99.5-degree fever, yet flew on a commercial flight with 132 other people.

Why would these heroes, who serve the needs of others every day, be so defiant about a quarantine that would ensure the protection of millions? Because they have the freedom to choose, saying, “yes” when they want to serve and saying, “no” when they don’t. That ability is, in fact, God given to every person.

But since we know we can’t legislate morality, we attempt to legislate behavior. Jesus demonstrated a better way, but few will follow. What if, like Christ, we were to choose to do God’s will, put others ahead of ourselves, and demonstrate God’s love in a fallen world? What would that take?

It takes a complete reversal of thinking and a total change of mind, seeing the world through the eyes of God, to really change behavior. Or, as Paul said:

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:1-3).

Give it some thought. When asked to be inconvenienced for others, how do you react? Perhaps, we could all stand a little transformation in Christlikeness.