Choice is a God given right. Nobody gets to take that away from us. You may not agree with my choices and I may not agree with yours, but we have the right to choose. With that said, let me quickly refute what you may be thinking. I am Pro-Life, but that is not what I'm here addressing today. I want to talk about choices. In this regard, I am pro (educated) choice.
The debate shouldn't be between life and choice, the debate is between life and abortion. I am not pro-abortion. Choice is something that if ever taken away, would cause us to cease to exist as human beings. From the very beginning in the garden of Eden the ability to choose is what separated us from every other living thing. Adam and Eve both chose to disobey God and that was their right to do so. Sure they were punished, not because they had made a choice but because their choice was in direct violation of Gods word. They were even warned what would happen if they made that choice and God didn't stop them from doing so.
When making decisions, there is a lot to consider, and when we fail to consider the outcome of our choices is when trouble may arise. Its cause and effect. There are consequences for every action, good or bad. We, as individuals, are not the only ones effected by our choices even if we're making them for ourselves. One of the first questions that we should ask ourselves before making decisions, especially life altering ones, is "Who will be effected?"
This post originated from a recent gathering that I had attended as a police chaplain. We had met a few folks at a coffee shop and amongst them were business owners, retired lawyers, engineers and a couple police officers. As I was being seated, introductions were made and of course I was introduced as a police chaplain. Immediately a lady at the table informs us that one of the members of our group is an atheist. It happened that it was the man seated beside me. Did I rebuke him? No. Did I begin a debate? No. What I did was show respect for his right to make that choice. Do I believe there are consequences for him if he doesn't change his mind? Yes. But his right to choose is still his.
I may not agree with a law and so if I choose to break it, that's my right, and the result is my responsibility. You may not believe what the Bible teaches is truth and that is your right. You may disagree or even disapprove with the way someone acts or lives, but again that's their right. However, our right to choose doesn't declare our innocence, nor does it mean that there will not be consequences.
It is my opinion that our choices and decisions shouldn't be made on a whim, but should be carefully thought out and potentially include others who are in your circle of influence.
"For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war; and in the multitude of counsellors there is safety." Proverbs 24:6
I have made plenty of bad choices in my life. Had I included the counsel of others, I may have saved myself some pain and struggle. Most of the consequences that we suffer, could be avoided by communicating with others who have been down a similar road before us. Ultimately we make the decision, but in most cases, education is great assistance.