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When I was a girl, Burger King came out with a revolutionary ad campaign that changed the way we ate our Whoppers.
In the 1970s ad, a counter girl, sporting a poofy polyester cap, sang this catchy jingle into the order mike:
“Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders won't upset us, all we ask is that you let us serve it your way. Have it your way ... Have it your way at Burger King.”
The Burger King ad reflected a trend in customer-focused marketing that’s snowballed into the multitude of personalized products we have today.
Recently, my husband bought my son some brand new Adidas sneakers. Showing his size 13s off to me when he got home, my son was quick to point out the “customizable” stripes on the sides of the shoes.
You see, each shoe had three see-through slots on its side where Adidas gave its customers the choice to “have it your way.” My son could now wear his shoes with red, orange, gold, or black stripes, depending on how he was feeling that day.
Fun. But, in my opinion, a bit over the top. It’s amazing how far we’ve come since the personalization of the hamburger.
_ “Choice-focused” products can be nice sometimes, but I’ve been observing that the “have it your way” concept has seeped into our ethical values.
And when the right to choose supersedes God’s law, well, you know something’s seriously wrong.
When Adam and Eve were in the garden, God gave them a clear-cut rule to follow:
Don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
You see, Adam and Eve had all the great stuff there was in the garden, including fellowship with God. But there was only one problem.
Adam and Eve wanted it their way.
Now I’m not really blaming Adam and Eve here. I think that most of us, following today’s philosophies would have made a beeline for that tree.
I’m just saying that there are certain rules that God has given us. Rules that were put in place to keep our culture functioning at its optimal potential.
Let’s take some of the Ten Commandments for example. Not killing others, not stealing, not lying are all nonnegotiables that God laid out for us way back during the time of Moses.
Most of us probably agree that the three rules mentioned above are ones we should follow. But in today’s culture, some of the other laws God has given us are being trumped by the “have it your way principle.”
Recently, President Obama announced his support of same-sex marriage, calling for a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. This is a federal law defining marriage to be between a man and a woman.
_ As I read through the Old and New Testament, I’ve come across some very strict guidelines when it comes to homosexuality.
The Bible is very clear that relations should be kept between a married man and woman.
There is no choice.
Currently, I am reading the Book of Joshua where the mantle of leadership is being shifted from Moses to Joshua. Can you imagine the responsibility of leading the vast nation of Israel into the Promised Land?
God assures Joshua that he will be with him as long as he what? Picks and chooses which laws he’d like to follow and which he’d rather leave on the other side of the Jordan?
No, in fact this is what God says in Joshua 1:7: “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”
Now, I’m not saying that homosexuality is the only sin out there. Nor am I saying that it supersedes any of the others. All sin damages our relationship with God. Thankfully, God’s grace is available to all who repent.
I’m just saying that it’s wrong to call any sin a right of “choice.”
It’s nice to give people choices when it comes to the stuff they eat and wear. But giving choices when it comes to God’s law just doesn’t cut it.
As for me and my house, we will follow God’s way.
How about you?
Here are some Bible verses that'll help you on your journey:
1 Kings 2:3 Amplified Bible
Keep the charge of the Lord your God, walk in His ways, keep His statutes, His commandments, His precepts, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may do wisely and prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, Genesis 1:27-28
Genesis 1:27-28 New Living Translation
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
Leviticus 18:22 New Living Translation
“Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.”