“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” -Joshua 24:15
Choice is one of the first gifts God gave us. Free will. He gave man free will to choose life that which is good or to choose death that which is evil (Deuteronomy 28). Man has chosen evil repeatedly, then chosen to blame others for their choices. (See the fall of man in Genesis 3). We tend to look at the broken world, the heartaches, the hate, the evil, the death and ask, where was God? How can a loving God allow these things to happen? God was right there, heartbroken with us, at the choices people have made. Saddened by the brokenness of this world which is why He sent His Son, Jesus, to make a way for redemption.
Recently, at the Astros game I heard a guy behind me make a hateful and ugly comment about the umpire’s weight and his inability to do his job (which he had made a fair call, one we would have been happy with had it been for our team) and the people around him laughed. THAT is where these things begin. Our willingness to be entertained by evil. We, as a society, laugh at hateful comments in one instance, are entertained with violence on TV and video games in another. We sing derogatory songs putting down other people, races, or sexes or songs that make women sex objects. Then we dare to be aghast, taken aback by what is happening around us? We are surprised when women come forward about being abused by men? We are shocked when people enter a place and open fire? And even worse, blame a loving God for what we see, when it was our choices, our ugliness, the evil within us as a society entertained by the evil that caused these things to be played out in in real life?
That is where man is broken. We fix the system, fix society, by being people who CHOSE not to be entertained with the very evil things that are leading to the brokenness all around us. It starts with us. Our choice. Our decision. Our willingness to be different to choose good, to choose life, to choose God, to walk in wisdom’s ways, to pray for the strength to walk uprightly, wisdom and courage to change the world. That is how we change the world. We don’t blame God, we use our free will to choose God and see the blessings, change, and restoration that follows.