We are an extremely blessed country wherein one is able to choose from a lengthy list of options in almost every pursuit of happiness. It is rarely the case that we just have to do with what we have and what we have is insufficient to our needs; we possess well beyond the essentials of life and often take that for granted. Unfortunately, the amnesia that this opulence produces is not acceptable to God and can be detrimental to our spiritual health (Deuteronomy 6:10-15).
It is particularly unfortunate when this pick-and-choose mentality seeps into our religious life and is applied to our Christianity. The Bible’s directives are not to be taken as if they are options on a long list of possible lifestyle choices. God has always been, and is today, direct and specific concerning things critical to our relationship with Him. To assume that we can select divine statements, divinely approved examples, or divine implication on personal whim and disregard what we find distasteful or difficult is nothing more than cafeteria Christianity.
The psalmist stated: “The entirety of Your word is truth. And every one of your righteous judgments endures forever” (Psalm 119:160, NKJV). The ASV reads: “the sum of thy word,” both carrying the same meaning. It is not just a portion or part of God’s Word to which we can cling with confidence as the truth, it must be the acceptance and application of every single revelation of His will. When one chooses to negate, denigrate, belittle or disregard some portion of Holy Writ, one does so at peril of his or her soul.
Joshua’s final words to God’s children of Israel were: “But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Joshua 22:5). All His ways with all heart and soul. We would be wise to do likewise and leave the picking and choosing to the cafeteria.