Too Many Choices

Earlier this week I shared a quote from Kevin DeYoung’s book, Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will. Here is another good quote to ponder:

Of the five reasons for our obsession with finding God’s will, this may be the most crucial: We have too many choices. I’m convinced that previous generations did not struggle like we do trying to discover God’s will because they didn’t have as many choices. In many ways, our preoccupation with the will of God is a Western, middle-class phenomenon of the last fifty years … My hunch is that most of our obsession with knowing the will of God is due to the fact that we are overburdened with choice. (Just Do Something, p. 16)

What do you think?

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4 Comments

  1. John W says:

    We certainly have more choices, but we are also more intellectual on average than we were 50+ years ago. In a way, this touches back to my point about making evangelizing and preaching relevant to a world that has more information accessible to it. We aren’t going to change that unless there is an epidemic of ignorance or a war that blows us back into the middle ages.

    The world is going to change and that is one of the challenges the church needs to face with more agility than it has been demonstrating on average. Any assumptions that were formed in the middle ages about how to relate to the world and the congregation are in sore need to reassessment. As technology improves, information and choice is going to increase.

    Of course, some of the focus on the will of God could come from a change in secular philosophy over the years. The Greeks understood pretty well that you could not, nor should you, understand the will of the gods. That mentality/philosophy carried over into Christianity — one can even argue it already existed in Judaism. Modern philosophies focusing around “finding one’s self” could be part of the recent preoccupation we have with trying to understand the will of God. I am not condemning those as corruptive, but merely pointing out that secular philosophies have evolved and this may be another area in which the church needs to see relevancy in.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    John – Good thoughts, John. I don’t know if you have heard of Tim Keller, but he is one pastor who I think is doing an excellent job modeling how to communicate God’s truth to the current culture. His book The Reason for God is excellent. Here is a YouTube of him addressing the Google staff as part of their Authors@Google series. Link: Authors@Google: Tim Keller

  3. David Webb says:

    Greetings Brothers and Sisters, I couldn’t pass this topic by without responding, especially when it comes to the Lord’s Will for our life. There are in fact many deceitful choices in the world today. However we need to focus in on Jesus Christ and the characteristics or traits that he possessed during his ministry. The Works that he did unto the Father is the key here. For Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the life. We need to ignore all those choices in the world today that are of the world. We need to see the kindness, compassion, the non-judgmental state that Jesus represented. These were all “Works” done unto the Father by him. It is usually found too that the hidden attributes of being humble, believing, walking in Faith,serving the Lord in an unwavering manner, accepting of others. He didn’t condemn the sinners or come to judge them during his ministry, he ate with them and ministered to them, and healed them. Do we condemn a family if the father or mother is jailed and ignore them? or do we reach out and grasp the opportunity and say thank you Lord. Do we ignore people if they stink or do we reach out and help them? Are we judging people by how they look when they come into our churches? Are we assigning someone who is the true example of what a Christian really is to work with them? This current world is going to change and it will get real ugly in the next few years, that’s just prophecy being fulfilled. Let us focus in on conducting ourselves as Jesus did. God Bless.

    A Minister of God

  4. Ray Fowler says:

    David – Good thoughts, thanks for sharing!

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