..."choice" isn't a right, but a privilege based on income, class, and skin color.
Scenarios from yesterday:
I saw an old man picking through the garbage cans yesterday --not for food (he didn't want a sandwich and had just eaten a hot lunch at the soup kitchen at the church), but for 'stuff' to trade...
Picking up my prescription from the pharmacy, I noticed, again, that all the mouthwash was behind the counter... the guys on the street drink it because of the alcohol content...
My dogs went crazy in the yard, yelling and barking --and when I went out to call them in, just on the other side of the fence all the boy dogs were surrounding a young female in a frenzy, and one of them was making puppies with her...
And, late last night, in the arm chair, I saw a very large dark spot... Mr. Paeha has had a recent problem, we think it might be a health problem (he drinks way too much water, all the time), or something like that, been monitoring it carefully --this was the first 'mistake' in weeks.... So, I got a wet rag and washed the cushion thoroughly and propped it up in front of the fireplace to dry. When I sat down again on the sofa, I glanced again at the chair. The same dark spot, now on the chair itself... and then I realized it was a shadow from the lamp.... --sigh--
A lady called wanting to buy the fancy chairs at the church. I said they weren't for sale, they were for the elders. She laughed and hung up. When I went over to the church later for another reason, the chairs were gone... she was trying to do 'right' retroactively.... --sigh--
The woman brought all her children with her when she came asking for money. 'Why aren't you in school?' I asked the kids, and they all laughed and covered their faces with their hands. I've given all of them clothes and jackets and hats, and there they were in their shirt sleeves. I wondered if they had been lost or stolen or traded, or if they were in some heap some place... it was above freezing, so it wasn't bone-chilling cold.... 'I'm going to put them in the dorms,' she said... 'we were kicked out again.'
And, how I respond to any and all of it... is my choice.
And, choice is a privilege.
I just got a call from the hospital. The young woman for whom I have been praying, has died. The family is asking for prayers.
Off I go.
At prayer (Galatians 3 ending with verse 22)
For if a law had been given that could make alive, then righteousness would indeed come through the law. But the scripture has imprisoned all things under the power of sin, so that what was promised through faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
Scripture has imprisoned all things under the power of sin... and, I am free in faith.
Deal with that, all day.