Choosing Between Two Evils

Choosing Between Two EvilsBefore my son was born, I argued with someone over abortion, which I believe to always, in every circumstance, be an offense against God. The woman asked me, “If your wife was ready to give birth, and the doctor told you there were complications so that he could only save your wife or your baby, which would you choose to let die?

We’ve often heard that we must choose the lesser of two evils, but any choice between two evils is still evil. How can a follower of Christ choose one evil over another?

My answer to the antagonistic woman was simple: I choose that the doctor does all within his power to save both wife and child and leave the final result of which lives in the hand of God.

God always provides His people with a choice other than sin. He always makes a way of escape because sin is never His desire for us.

If a presidential election came down to the choice between an evil self-absorbed bully or an evil criminal hack – a Hitler or a Stalin – which would I choose? I can abstain from voting in that race, mark my vote for a third-party candidate, or write-in the name of an appropriate candidate. Whatever the outcome, I know that God has ordained the candidate of His own choosing (Romans 13:1), either to bless us or to judge us. But I can never vote for evil – lesser or greater.

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13).


One thought on “Choosing Between Two Evils

  1. That is such a great response! In my personal research on the two sides involved in the abortion debate, I’ve encountered that question before, and didn’t know which option was “right.” Yours makes such sense. Life and death decisions, as in a pregnancy that threatens the mother, do not belong to us; we must trust God with them.

    Thank you for sharing!

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