The Lesser of Two Evils is Still Evil

Of two evils, choose the least. Erasmus

How many times have we overheard someone say that they chose the lesser of two evils, as if they had just accomplished something noble?

My wife and I were at a restaurant  with a menu containing a list of food that we normally wouldn't have consumed on a bet. Instead of ordering a couple of cokes (or just leaving as soon as the waiter's back was turned) we ordered the least offensive item we could find. Then, after choking down something we would have  probably ordered our two year olds (in years gone by) to throw back on the ground, we paid an exorbitant price with a nice tip for something that, for all we knew, was bio-hazardous waste.  People do strange things in the name of polite behavior.

How much better it is to simply refuse the choices offered when confronted with such a poor selection. When we find ourselves in unpleasant circumstances and want to rise above that state, we will have to make choices superior to those that put us there in the first place. By continually choosing the least distasteful course among bad choices, we will remain on a path that takes us to places we don't want to go, be with people that we really shouldn't be with, or eat things that are best left uneaten.

If you continually find yourself dissatisfied with you lot in life, maybe it is time to upgrade your choices. Since the creation, God has allowed man to choose his own path, but not without consequence. He will allow us to continually choose from a wide array of evils that can only lead to death, but what He really wants us to do is to choose life. Which... will you choose?

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him.  For the LORD is your life... Deut. 30:19-20, NIV