Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
“Choice” is has become quite the buzzword lately. Usually, we see it in the form of “My body, my choice”, a slogan that related directly to the idea that a woman has a “right” to an abortion, never mind the fact that in doing so, they are actually killing another human being. However, that is a post for another time, and it is one that I fully intend to discuss within the next month.
So then, why would I want to address the idea of “choice”? Probably because I feel that Christians have it wrong. Yes, I know, I identify as a Christian, so then, it stands to reason that it sounds as if I am saying I have it wrong too. I don’t. I did at one time, but not anymore.
I confess that I was baptized Lutheran on 18 May 1980, but I did not remain in the Lutheran church for very long. It wasn’t until 2001 that I returned to the Lutheran church. During that time, I attend a variety of churches, ranging from Roman Catholic to Pentecostal and Baptist. During that time, I often heard something said about “choice” while in church, primarily from the Pentecostal and Baptist churches. What did I hear about “choice”? Mostly the idea that I needed to choose Christ and ask him into my heart. Hint: That isn’t Biblical. It’s HERESY!
I know, I know, you don’t want to hear that. Sorry. However, the Bible does not support the doctrine of synergism. What is “synergism”? In the most basic of terms, it is the idea that you cooperate with God on some level regarding salvation. However, there isn’t a single verse in the Bible to support that. Nope, not one. You can look all you want, that is your choice, but you will never find it.
Yes, I am well aware of Joshua 24:15. That verse gets thrown around quite frequently when discussing salvation, yet it is not a salvation verse. If you look at the context in which the verse is found, Joshua was not speaking to non-believers, rather he was speaking to the Israelites, people who had seen God’s miracles with their own eyes. Many of these had been children at the time of Moses and the Exodus, which means that they had eaten the manna and the quail while wandering in the wilderness for forty years. To that end, it was believers whom Joshua was speaking to, not unbelieving pagans.
Now, I know you may want to try to get me with regards to Revelation 3:20. I would tell you to slow down a second and look at Revelation 3:14. The fact is that if you accept that scripture interprets scripture, you will find that Revelation 3:20 has nothing to do with salvation either. It was written to a church that was “backsliding” (I really hate that term). Sadly, when I read that passage, I can think of many modern churches across many denominations to whom that passage could apply, if not to the bulk of the modern Christian faith at large.
What’s the point? Simple. God does not ask us to choose salvation. He made that choice for use back in the Garden of Eden, when he first promised a savior. That savior is Christ Jesus, who died upon the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day. If there is a choice to be had in this, it is to walk away. You can not choose Christ, rather Christ chose you. Amen.