More than 3,000 years ago, Moses urged the children of Israel to “choose life.” He said to them, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day: I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life—if you and your offspring would live” (Deuteronomy 30:19, NJPS).
But why would anyone choose death? Why would anyone choose to be cursed rather than blessed?
The answer is that God’s ways lead to life and blessing, but many people would rather die than follow Him.
They view God’s ways as restrictive. Oppressive. Antiquated. Harmful.
In reality, God’s ways lead to human thriving. To liberty. To freedom. To fullness.
As Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
To be sure, God’s ways require discipline. And obedience. And denial of the flesh.
But fleshly habits bring bondage. Discipline sets us free.
Indulging our earthly desires brings dullness and addiction. Obedience lifts us into a higher realm, far above our animal appetites.
God is a God of life, and in Him is life beyond description. That’s why Jesus could say, “I am the resurrection and the life. . . . I am the bread of life. . . . . Whoever follows Me . . . will have the light of life” (John 11:24; 6:35; 8:12). And that’s why John called Him “the Word of life” (1 John 1:1).
Tragically, in recent decades, America has increasingly chosen a path of death, from abortion to violent video games, and from euthanasia to TV shows glorifying vampires and zombies. How can we turn the tide?
Here are some practical suggestions.
First, go about your normal daily activities, watching and reading and listening to what you normally watch and read and listen to, but this time take note of how much death is involved. How many images of the dead and dying? How many corpses? How much graphic violence? How much death are you seeing (by choice, not by necessity) over the course of a week?
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown