Choose Life, Choose Love

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“Choose life so that you and your decendents may live."(Deuteronomy 30:19)

Choosing life, choosing obedience to God, means choosing LOVE. Love for the “the Lord your God,” love for life, love for each other, love for all creation stand as “witnesses” to this new covenant. The "witnesses” Moses “called “ to formalize this covenant were heaven and earth----which makes the requirement to “love " about as widespread as it can get. (Deuteronomy 30:15-20)

When Moses declared that the Israelites should “choose life,” he was really announcing an already done deal. The covenant had been signed and sealed on Mt. Horeb. The people of Israel did not so much have to “choose life” as they had to acknowledge ---with loyalty, obedience , and love---the “choosiness” God had graced them with. The “choseness“ of God’s covenanted people had nothing to do with their own worthiness and everything to do with God’s unmerited love and commitment to the people of God's creation. God chose to enter into a ridiculous relationship with the fractured, fragmented human creatures of God’s creation. Why? Out of love. All we have to do is love back. That is our “choice.” That is how we “choose life.”

A consumer culture says you are the sum of your choices. A consumer culture says that your identity is found in the choices that you make, the brands you buy, the clothes you wear.

A biblical culture says that your identity is not found in your choices,but in your choseness. “You did not choose me: I chose you.” (John 15:16)

God loves you and so do I!

Pastor David J. Jensen

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