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.