Right and Wrong Choices
A friend likes to post inspirational quotes on her social media. I usually enjoy reading them (and love staying connected with her and others), but I couldn’t get past one particular quote. It was from a self-help guru who said, “There are no wrong choices; there are only different choices.”
No wrong choices? Really?
I don’t know about that person, but I can personally attest to making hundreds (thousands?) of wrong choices in my life. Trust me, they weren’t just different, they were wrong.
To say there are no wrong choices is to say that there is no such thing as right and wrong. No absolutes, only personal preferences.
But the Bible says otherwise. There is a standard of right and wrong, and God has communicated this standard in His Word. And He has given us the freedom to choose. Joshua 24:15 lays out our options: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (NIV).
Our society is filled with self-styled experts. Technology provides access to built-in audiences. Social media creates platforms as people tweet on Twitter, post on blogs, and update their Facebook pages. Innuendo substitutes for fact, opinion replaces research, and emotion circumvents objectivity. People often become comfortable communicating what they want to be true, rather than what is true.
Let’s face it: many people want to believe they are the determining authority for right and wrong:
What’s wrong for you isn’t wrong for me.
You can’t legislate morality.
Don’t force your prudish standards on me.
Do what makes you feel good.
But what happens when every person does “what is right in their own eyes” (Judges 21:25)? The result is a disconnect from the One who created us and who therefore has the right to require accountability to Him. When we do that, we set ourselves adrift on the ocean of our own individual preferences without a rudder or an anchor. What starts out as a grand adventure deteriorates into regret. Choices we make on the basis of temporary pleasure carry eternal consequences.
No matter how large or small our sphere of influence may be, we all have a responsibility to communicate truth. Everyone influences someone. And declaring there is no “right” or “wrong” does not make it so.
Values are communicated by how we live. By the words we speak. By the choices we make.
What are you communicating with your choices?