'Man has life and death before him' - our Firs Reading today. We are allowed to choose and even choose wrongly, but some people do not have that choice. Their life is mapped out for them because of their background and they will find it hard to compete on an equal basis with those from a different race, creed or culture.
In Christ's eyes everyone is equal but we all know that I not true in twenty-first century society where injustice flourishes. Why should the colour of your skin or the place of your birth or faith you follow cause others to resent you and feel they have a right to discriminate against you or even abuse you? Why do they choose that course of action instead of one of friendship and welcome?
Free will and choice has many implications for us. The path we chose can bring happiness in this life as well as the next. Hearts that are just and true (today's Collect) carry God's Grace within them and can begin to change less charitable hearts. People are swayed by many and varied arguments. Why should they not, one day, be swayed by our wisdom and choose the way of justice and peace for all, for we are all created equal, brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus our Lord.