Choice! We each have opportunities to choose to do what is right or to do what is wrong. But there is a third choice - to do nothing! Back in the 1700's, Edmund Burke coined a phrase that has been used many times since: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
Wow! What a profound statement! But what does it look like in action? I think it means that we are willing to be out of step with the majority in order to do what we know is right.
In Scripture we read about a challenge that the prophet Elijah gave to King Ahab. Ahab had followed the gods of his wife, Jezebel. Not only did
Elijah challenge Ahab, he also challenged the people of Israel. To the people he said; "If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow
him." I Kings 18:20-21
It is heartbreaking to read of the response from the people; "But the people said nothing." That is the basis of Edmund Burke's quote. The very fact of
saying nothing, is in fact, making a choice.
God never calls us to remain neutral. In the storms of life we are commanded to launch out into the deep in order to rescue the perishing and care for
the dying. Elijah challenged the people of his day. We need to hear that challenge today!
About 500 years earlier, Joshua had challenged the people of his day as we read in Joshua 24:14-15; "Now fear the LORD and serve Him with all
faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems
undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of
the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
I implore you right now - choose the Lord and serve Him with your whole heart! As for me and my house, we choose to vote for Jesus!