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Freedom of Choice

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5 April 2024

 “See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.” “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:15-16, 19)

There is one thing that is vivid in our days that is being practiced in a broad spectrum all over the world. It is called freedom. This unique idea has its foundation rooted in the popular parlance that says, “Man is a free moral agent.” Being a free moral agent, we can choose to do whatever pleases our mind. Some eat their burger without yellow mustard; some will soak their burger with ketchup. Some go for milk-shake and on the other hand some will settle with iced-soda to wash down the burger.  If the idea of free moral agency of man ends on these tiny-whiny decisions relating to food, no one will worry much about it.

Freedom in this country is further defined as a right. It is the driving force that guides many to take important decisions that completely redefine their lives going forward. It includes the right to make choices that is within the parameters of whatever their minds consider as their right. Whatever the choice that is pleasing to the mind of the person may not be necessarily good for the well-being of the person making the choice. In our time, human rights had been redefined in our nation to include so many human unrighteousness. Among these rights are ‘pro-choice,’ ‘stand your ground,’ and ‘right to own gun’—which is more or less synonymous with reserving the right to kill a victim with little or no provocation.

In some of the cases, the choice of the person may even negate the law of God. The scripture did not keep us in darkness about this fact. It says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12) Some in this country who are in a certain painful ailment, instead of allowing God to have His way in the matter and do everything to cooperate with the medical personnel to do their best to treat and perhaps help him to recover from the ailment, they at times make a horrible choice of choosing to die. They sign documents stating their intentions and want their choice of death to be legally honored.

Regardless of the fact that everybody possesses right to make any choice, there are facts that we must bear in mind.  Every choice we make has a cause and effect.  Every choice we make has consequences. Every spiritual choice we make has eternal consequences. The life of mankind is an accumulation of the various choices we make daily. Most of the time, what guides many people in making a certain choices is that they observe others flocking to make the same popular choice. But the truth is that righteous spirituality is not determined by the choice of numerous multitude.  At times majority is not always right. If majority is always right, the scripture will not tell us to, Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

Salvation is a universal offer that the Lord God Almighty extended to all humanity through His Son, Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18) He encouraged us to “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) He had chosen us and extended His love towards us, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you …” (John 15:16) Let us therefore make good use of the freedom and right that we have as a free moral agent to choose salvation, righteousness, holiness, mercy and kindness through Jesus Christ so that we can partake in the finished work of the Cross and the assured grace of eternity.

Prayer: O Lord, let the rule of Holy Spirit be imparted into my heart so that I can apply the grace that had been extended to me to choose salvation and be reconciled with you for the ultimate goal of eternity in your presence at last, in Jesus name, Amen.


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