Choices

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This is the first of my blog entries from France.  Currently my wife and I are in Paris.  There are many things that are different about this from where we live, but there are also many things that are the same.  It’s the similarities that led me to a striking thought process earlier today.

  • For the most part the people look the same.
  • The cars they drive look the same although there are some different makes and models. 
  • The houses while constructed from different materials are still pretty much the same. 
  • The governmental systems in this country are in theory the same types of government that we experience. 
  • And yet France is an overwhelmingly non-Christian nation. 
My question is this, how did that happen? 

I think it all boils down to choices.  Choices, but not the ones that you might think at first.  I no longer believe that it’s the big choices in life that define who and what we are nor do I believe that it’s the big choices of a nation that determines who and what it becomes

Rather, it’s the little choices. 

I think we most often get the big choices right.  Who to marry, where to go to school, where to live etc…  Our guard is up when we make those choices because we can feel and see the potential impact of those choices on our lives, but the little day to day choices are a totally different thing.  They really don’t matter, do they?  What to eat for breakfast, what to listen to on the commute, what will the topic of conversation be with our coworker?  These seem insignificant so we decide without thought.

It’s not the size of these decisions but rather the number of them.  Their mass when combined upon a life, far outweighs the mass of a few “big” decisions.  We’ve also lost our guides for these decisions.  The scriptures no longer serve as the rule for how we judge small things.  Since there is no immediate negative consequence, the decision must be inconsequential.  And yet no decision is without consequence.  The consequence is just delayed or pilling up for later in life.

That’s what happened to France.  A generation started leaving God out of some decisions and pretty soon entire generations had never made any decisions considering God.  That’s France today.

“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

It can be us tomorrow.

3 thoughts on “Choices

    Carmen said:
    September 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Pastor Roy, thank you for taking the time to give your flock words of encouragement as to our walk with God. Yes, I’m labeled many times as a crazy and wild person; but, I thank God that my walk with God is flawless. I learned many years ago about the word “integrity,” from a counselor. He defined it as “what a man does when no one is watching.” This has helped me with the small choices that you talked about in your posting. Yes, I’m careful about the music I listen to, what I watch on TV and what I read. Thank you again for your posting. May the rest of your time in Europe be one of relaxation with your wife.
    I love you Pastor and may God continue to use you for His kingdom.
    Your little sheep that causes chaos – Carmen

    abundantlifealton responded:
    September 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Psalm 101:2
    I will be careful to lead a blameless life— when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart.

    Joni responded:
    September 9, 2011 at 10:47 am

    A friend and I were discussing the implications of the Crusades and the Holocust and the negative history of Christianity in Eruope. Some of these things that were done in the name of “Christianity” that had generational effects on the beliefs of the people. How do they create a culture that once again is serving God?

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