Lent 2021 Day 19 – It Always Comes Down to Choices

I read a rather disturbing post today. It was by Sarah Hoyt and it was titled “I DON’T WANT TO WRITE THIS POST.” It was about her admitting that the social fabric of our country is breaking down and, as she put it, “America’s civil war will be fought many places, but mostly in living rooms: siblings against each other, parents against children, children against parents, husband against wife, wife against husband.” Vox Day, who highlighted her article today, brought up in his commentary Matthew 10:34-36:

Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.

When I first thought about this I said, “This has always happened somewhere at one time or another.” However, upon further consideration I noted that for the first time in human history, with the internet and social media, it is starting to happen everywhere at the same time. That said, there is another thing that seems different. Formerly rational people are totally freaking out and letting their emotions run away with them, refusing to listen to reason or argument. Their mind is closed and if you don’t agree you are the enemy. Not just in disagreement, but THE ENEMY!

This was illustrated to me a short while ago when a mother I know, who is a Trump supporter, was talking with her daughter, a strong Biden supporter and progressive. The mother commented that the way things were going she felt like the powers that be would want to put her in a re-education camp. To her surprise and chagrin, her daughter replied, “Well maybe they should.” The mother shot back, “You can’t believe that!” Her daughter replied, “Why not?”

Yes, Jesus warned us this would happen and then made the point that when the choice came we must choose him over our family, our possessions, and even our life. It is the ultimate test of where your heart truly resides.

As I read both sides of this issue it seems a lot of people are starting to believe there is no exit from this road we are on; that we must ride it through to the bitter end. I pray that is not true, but if it is I hope I am like Joshua at the River Jordon, who challenged the nation of Israel saying, “…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15.

It always comes down to choices, doesn’t it? So, make the right choice, your eternity depends on it.

 

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