"Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD! And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:14,15
It isn't something most people think much about these days, even in light of what is happening is the world around us. Most go through their day to day without much thought of what it means to live in a free country, but especially what it means to be free to choose what religion, if any, to align themselves, or not to have any religious affiliation at all. But in some parts of the world it is a very real, very dangerous reality.
As I watch the events of what is currently taking place overseas, my heart is sick with grief. I have a dear friend whose family is over there, and who are in the path of very real danger because of their choice to follow Christ. It sickens and saddens me to hear the reports of those whose lives are being threatened, and sometimes taken, because they choose not to deny Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Yet as stricken in heart as I am for my friend and my brethren in Christ, I am proud of them for their faith and pray God's strength to be magnified. I pray their testimony will stand as a beacon of light to those who watch.
At the same time it makes me very sorrowful for my own country and the careless and somewhat complacent attitude that seems to prevail among far too many when it comes to matters of choice and faith. What troubles me even more is the lack of uproar over what is happening overseas. One would think there would be a bit more outcry for the rights of others to choose what they desire to believe.
But then, perhaps that is what happens when we walk away from the truth of our nation's foundation and allow ourselves to be lulled into thinking there is no God Who created everything and Who is measuring out the precise moment for His return. After all, it's not comfortable to faced with the reality that we will be judged for our choices and actions,
He is coming back though, and current events cause me to listen intently and search the skies. I have made my choice and wait expectantly, earnestly awaiting the arrival of my Lord and King.
What have you chosen?