I have often wondered about why God worked out the plan of redemption through
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In the Book of Romans Paul speaks somewhat cryptically about pre-destination. The message is unsettling on the surface, but clearly God can choose to do what he will. That is the Old Testament lesson, God can choose and when he chooses mankind cannot thwart the choice.
In the religious understanding of many people, to be chosen of God is a choice which man makes. To be chosen one must believe the right theology and practice the right rituals. One must live ones life in strict accordance with elaborate, often frustrating rules of righteous behavior. A basic tenet of all such religious thought is the idea that those who are not like me are the “unchosen” of God, those on the outside of God’s blessing and love. In fact, in many religions, the chosen are chosen to oppose the “unchosen” in every way possible. As in the case of Old Testament
This differentiation between the chosen and the “not” is the basis for most of our laws, politics, education, culture, economics, ethics, even our medicine. It is a powerful concept which dictates how we feel about life itself.
Under the spiritual realities of the present day, what choice did God make about the chosen people? Did he make a choice like he did under the Old Covenant? Was it an arbitrary choice one that made sense to him? Can his choice under the New Covenant be thwarted by the actions, thoughts, beliefs, rituals, theology, politics, and cultural norms of men?
Just like the Israelites of old, today’s chosen people are who they are because God chose them. It has nothing to do with man’s choices. If God has chosen to love me unconditionally, then I cannot “unchoose” myself through any amount of fear, foolishness, doubt, and guilt. I can choose to ignore my “chosenness” because it seems too good to be true or too simple. In so doing I can rob my life of a great blessing. But through all of that I will remain chosen despite my ignorance. God’s choice remains “unrepented of.”
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I am what I am because of God’s choice and not my own. What choice did God make for you?