October 1, 2020

Choices. We like having them, but sometimes the decisions that go with them are not easy to make. Paper or plastic? Beef or fish? Vacation or staycation? Red or blue? Sometimes our choices have very little consequence, but others can impact our lives for a long time.

How do you make decisions? Sometimes the answer is obvious, but other times it takes much more discernment on our part. Advertisers spend a lot of money and time trying to help you make a decision in favor of their product.

In the book of Joshua, the children of Israel were given a choice. Their decision was laid out in frank terms in Joshua 24: “Choose you this day whom you will serve… As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua warned the people of the consequences of choosing to serve anything other than God.

One thing becomes clear as we look at what the Scriptures say about choices. God uses a different criteria than what seems important to the world:

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong.”
1 Corinthians 1:27

Most of the time, the world says we should decide on things by how they benefit us, but the Bible calls us to selflessness. As we go to the polls next month, consider the things that will impact the world around you, not just in the next four years, but for generations to come. Some of those things include; the sanctity of life beginning, middle and end, religious freedom, strong families and marriages, and justice, compassion, and support for those in need. I encourage you to make your decisions, whatever they may be, through the grid of Scripture.

Seeking His wisdom,

Tim Madeira
General Manager