One way or another, we’re all victims.   We cannot change what happened before we had a choice in the matter.   We’re all victims of other people’s choices.

Let’s face it, we are all born of Adam and Eve.

Did you know that science has proven that our ancestry can be traced back to one single female?   Science proves that we all share the same ancestral mother.   And guess what they decided to call her?   Given the debate between science and religion; given the battle between those who believe in evolution and those who believe in creation; when those on the scientific and evolution side of the argument discovered that we were all descended from one single female human being, what did they decide to call her?   Eve!   We are all descended from Eve!

So we are all victims of the choices made by Adam and Eve before we were even born.

Of course, we understand this when we consider people who are born into dysfunctional families; when two alcoholics meet and have children, and they become alcoholic.   Or families where one of the parents (or both) have been to prison, and the children become offenders themselves and end up in prison.   We understand this completely.

But to understand the significance of the fact that we are victims of the choices of ancestors long before our time is hard to fathom.   But consider what it says in Exodus 20:5, “I lay the sins of the parents upon their children … even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.” (NLT)   Similar verses appear in Numbers 14:18 and Deuteronomy 5:9.

Wow!   What chance do we have?   God lays the sins of parents on their children in the third and fourth generations!   Do you know what sin your great- great grandparents were involved in?!

We're all victimsThe photograph above is one of my 14-year old son, as we go walking in the mountains of Snowdonia and come across a stone circle known as Meini Hirion, or Druid’s Circle.   It’s a beautiful place – bleak and mysterious, beautiful and majestic – a place that could well have been visited by our ancestors as they wandered over the landscape of the past.

But excavations at the site have uncovered the cremated remains of at least two children around the ages of 12 – 13.   Little did I know that it may well have been a place of infant sacrifice in past years!   That is one of the sins referred to in Leviticus 20.

We’re all victims of other people’s choices … don’t be a victim of your own choice.

It might be a misfortune to be a victim of other people’s choices, but it would be a tragedy to be a victim of your own choice.

You see, we do have a choice in all of this.   We have a choice as to whether we become a victim, or become a victor!

The great thing about the Bible is that it gives us a choice.   Rather than just telling us what we shouldn’t do, it also tells us what we should do instead.

“So set yourself apart to be holy.”

Leviticus 20:7

And avoid condemnation – avoid being a victim of the choices of your ancestors – by accepting Christ as your Lord and Saviour, because:

“There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Romans 8:1