I’ve heard many arguments on the topic of choice.
That people have a choice.
That our circumstances/situation/environment shouldn’t (really) dictate our choices.
Now I’ve always appreciated the good-long-standing debate about whether it’s nature (a DNA predisposition) or nurture (the environment). I think it’s intriguing to think about whether I am the way I am because it’s my genetics or because of the people/experiences as a child.
However, the choice argument is basically negating both…
I’ve heard family members tell me that I’ve done “better” than they expected. They didn’t mean this in a condescending matter. They meant it to be uplifting. They understood that losing a parent, having financial hardship, and an emotional unstable home usually produces a very similar situation. They understood “apples fall close”. Whether it’s nature or nurture could be debated, but what wasn’t debatable was that we tend to experience a very similar life as those that bring us up.
The few that don’t are the outliers to the majority.
Kids listen with their eyes.
Parents correct when their kids deviate from the “norm”.
What is socially acceptable and, more importantly, what we should expect, are learned psychologies.
So I see a lot of people on social media, that are very predictably a product of their parents/environment/experiences, yelling at others that do likewise.
To me, I see people that are a product of generational blessing yelling at those that are the product of a generational curse. The only difference are those in Christ that express gratitude/humility for their blessings and mercy/passion to those that don’t. To those that espouse CHOICE, you have two outcomes, PRIDE or SHAME, and neither are a Fruit of the Spirit and byproduct of being saved by grace.
….and yes, I espouse grace because it’s either in my nature and/or a product of my up bringing.