THE ROAD TO WELL-LIT CHOICES
In philosophy class years ago, I struggled with an assignment that required us to create a system of ethics. We had to begin with some grounding principle and move outward, fashioning the layers of what would be deemed good to do from our chosen basis. I began with the principle of God’s will. My professor called me to her office and assured me that, in Philosophy 101, it was unacceptable to “posit God.”
“If you want to begin with God,” she added, not unkindly, “You should take up theology.” It was the best advice she could have given.
We believers posit God: that is, God is our first principle. Everything we seek and do derives from this primary allegiance. Whatever questions we later ask—about ethics or politics, relationships or resources, health or employment of time and skills—must fundamentally assume the shape of our principle question: What is God calling us to be and do? Living in grace means acknowledging this question as the only inquiry we need to make.
As we enter more deeply into discernment, we recognize that Christian choosing isn’t simply about making good decisions, or even ethical ones. Discernment is what happens when Christian spirituality and morality converge. It’s what emerges when what we believe truly informs how we think, desire, behave, and choose. With God as our first principle, the road to values becomes a well-lit boulevard where the best choices are clearly illuminated.
reprinted with permission from TrueQuest Communications