In, out, shake it all about!
After months of speculation and high level negotiations the date has finally been set. On Thursday the 23rd June the UK will choose whether or not to remain in the European Union. In a recent BBC television program on the subject, Political Editor Nick Robinson was at pains to point out not only the importance of the decision, but that it was a simple one. Only two options; in or out – our choice. It is certainly an emotive subject and one that offers to bring a measure of division. Politicians are already lining up to throw their lot in with the two opposing camps. We can expect months of relentless campaigning, an endless diet of seemingly contradictory facts and figures, and a dizzying level of “spin” on each new development. Some voters will become entrenched in their positions; some will be persuaded to change their mind; some will just get confused.
There were occasions in the Bible when the Children of Israel had to make nationally important choices. In these cases it was not primarily about political or economic union with other nations, but whether they were going to serve the Living God or idols. When Joshua was coming to the end of his life he confronted the people with a stark choice. “…choose this day whom you will serve…” (Joshua 24:15) There was no third option. They either served the one true God or idols. Later Elijah presented the people with the self same choice. “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” (1 Kings 18:21)
These binary – in out decisions don’t sit well with the consumerist mindset. “We are the customers” we reason, “we should have more options!” And indeed, it might seem that there are many spiritual options out there from Buddhism to Rastafarianism and from Spiritism to the “New Age” Movement. However, in reality, there are only two choices. Accept Jesus as saviour or serve something else.
Jesus didn’t give us any other options when He said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.“(John 14:6)
Christians are not immune from making wrong choices.
Who will you choose to serve today?