Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
(Isaiah 5:20-21 NIV)
It is no secret that the world we live in is overflowing with evil. But, there are too many people demanding that their own evil ways be accepted by the entire world as ‘good’. There is a long list of these evils and it includes alcohol and drug abuse; the militant homosexual agenda; the rise of terrorism; racism; pedophilia; pornography; sexual immorality; abortion and the breakdown of the family, just to name a few. There are plenty of people demanding that the rest of us see these abuses of humanity as good. The most heartbreaking segment of these people are those who profess to be Christians.
We all sin and fall short of the Glory of God. However, as Christians we are to strive to be better today than we were yesterday, and better tomorrow than we were today. Too many people read a few verses of God’s Word, take them out of context and make up their own version of the Gospel. There are some who read every word in the Bible, only to search out things they think will back up their sinful behavior and completely ignore the Truth.
God’s Word explicitly describes what happens when evil becomes the norm. Throughout the Old Testament God told the Children of Israel what would happen if they didn’t place their trust in Him. Over and over again, people got caught up in evil, and every time God told them to turn back to Him. It is foolish pride that draws people to evil; thinking that they know better how things should be than God does. Evil is evil; good is good; everybody needs to be clear on this truth.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
(Romans 12:9 NIV)
Jesus instructed us to love our enemies and pray for them, but He never allowed for us to condone their behavior. He took our sins upon Himself on the Cross; He did not die for our opinions. If someone thinks that an act God deems to be evil is good; or if someone thinks that an act God deems is good is evil – that person is buying into Satan’s purpose, not God’s. Christians are not perfect, but the One we worship is. When the Pharisees brought the woman caught in adultery to Jesus He did not declare her to be innocent; He told her to “go and leave your life of sin”. He did not say, “Whatever you think is good for you, is fine with me.”
If Christians fall prey to the cultural ‘norm’ of calling evil good and good evil, we can expect things to get much worse. It is up to us to love and forgive, but it is not up to us to accept the darkness of a sinful world. When something goes against what we know to be good, we must call it what it is; evil. Truth and wisdom come from God through His Word. Those who pick and choose little bits of Scripture and take them out of context in order to push their own agenda may be clever in their own eyes, but God sees everything and He knows the hearts of all men. It would serve us well to be careful and to stand steadfast in His Word, not in our own.
Prayer: Father in Heaven, in Your Holy Name! Help us to see and hear through the filter of Your Word. Give us the wisdom to recognize evil when it is pushed in our direction and to call it what it is. Allow us the courage to stand strong and share the Truth with our broken world. Amen.