Choices are like the fork of a road. There is a point where there is no discernible difference between one road and the other, but once the decision is made and one is chosen it leads off to a different destination.

There is not a day but what all of us make choices—most of them of no great importance, necessary but not determinative to any great degree.

We all know that in creating man after His own image God gave to him the right of choice. No automaton, man has the privilege of decisions, even to the point of disobeying God’s commands.

But with this right of choice there exists man’s gravest responsibility. On choice human destiny depends. The Holy Spirit woos, the Gospel calls, the circumstances in which we find ourselves all combine in their effect, but man chooses, and from the human standpoint the die is cast.

We are all familiar with Lot’s choice. Confronted with the necessity of separating from Abraham because of a conflict of interest, and offered a choice between the rocky hills of the west or the well-watered and fertile valley of the Jordan, he chose the latter. This was based on personal advantage. Water has always been a problem in Palestine and an abundant supply, even to this day, difficult to come by.

But in the Jordan valley there is water in abundance, and the land brings forth an abundance of anything planted. For a herdsman this was like an oasis in the desert. It offered every material advantage. The one disadvantage was the wickedness of the men of Sodom.

Lot’s choice was obviously the one to make if personal advantage was to be the determining factor. He may have considered the evils of Sodom, but they did not deter him. In fact, he moved his family to the very outskirts of the city, later becoming a resident ...

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