Pro-Choice Has Its Consequences
With a subject line like that, you probably thought I was crossing the political divide, right? No, I’m not going to talk about the subject of abortion today, rather we’re going to discuss the notion of choice and how we often confuse it with freedom.
In today’s modern world, there is no shortage of choice, right? We pay for cable T.V. just to be bombarded by choice. Malls and department stores are jam-packed with sizes, colors, styles, and brands. Our grocery store aisles are stocked tight with a multitude of choices—fat-free, low fat, gluten-free, non-trans fat, vitamin-packed, organic—if you can dream it, they most likely have it.
However, this “freedom” of choice can lead to fragmentation, saturation, overload, and burnout. We flip the channel at a commercial break because we don’t want to miss anything else going on. We read several books at a time. We surf the net. We buy more shoes, clothes, or furniture—not because we necessarily need them, but we can, and our neighbors already have. There is too much to do, too much to see, too much to read, and too much to follow up on. Every choice leads to the anxiety of “Should we or shouldn’t we,” and if we do, then what? All of this basically leads to an unfocused, chaotic life.
But what if there was really only one choice, and once that was made, everything else fell into place. Instead of you choosing, you were chosen? The truth is, we belong to someone else. And this understanding organizes the chaotic and gives a central storyline for us to work from. We have a purpose and a singular focus. We know where we are going and how to get there. When we’re Christian, there is no other choice but God. And to me, that is more freedom than a whole menu of other possibilities.
IN THEIR HEARTS HUMANS PLAN THEIR COURSE, BUT THE LORD ESTABLISHES THEIR STEPS.