Americans went to the polls on Tuesday and made choices concerning political candidates and various initiatives. As I write this article on a Wednesday afternoon, the results of some (many) of the election races are known. However, the POTUS (President of the United States) race is still not determined.
As significant as some of those election choices seem to be, they are not the most crucial choice.
Shortly before his death, Moses urged Israel to make a choice. The choice was between “life and good, death and evil” (Deut. 30:15). It was a call for Israel to obey God.
Deuteronomy 30:8-14 And you shall again obey the voice of the LORD and keep all his commandments that I command you today. 9 The LORD your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your cattle and in the fruit of your ground. For the LORD will again take delight in prospering you, as he took delight in your fathers, 10 when you obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that are written in this Book of the Law, when you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 11 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.
Joshua gathered the tribes of Israel together at Shechem and called for them to make a choice.
Joshua 24:14-15 Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
In the most famous sermon of Jesus that is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus calls on people to make a choice concerning which path, way, or road in life they will travel.
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Whoever ends up being chosen as POTUS is not the most important decision people will make.
The way one chooses to go through life, the “road” that one takes is the most crucial choice. Will you choose to follow God or not. The choice between “life and good, death and evil” is the essential choice.