Woe

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“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” (Isaiah 5:20).

I feel like I am in a time warp, an alternate reality. I am in that zone between being fully awake and yet very much asleep.  Who will awaken me to the reality of the day, the time, in which I am now living?  Will I have to be physically slapped to be brought into consciousness?  Will a thunderous jolt be required to get my attention?  I fear unless one of these occurs, I will slumber indefinitely to the drone of a continuing apathy.  But I will indeed someday awaken…but, by then, will it be too late?

I grew up believing certain things were good and certain things were evil.  There was right and there was wrong.  These were very simple concepts to understand, even for a child actually.  There was a generally accepted, universal code of “right” and “wrong” behaviors based on the Ten Commandments and the Holy Bible.  Doing right was beneficial to me; doing wrong had its negative consequences.  It was certain, though, that there was going to be a reaction for whatever action I chose to take (even if, a delayed reaction).  I tried both paths, believe me!  One simple discovery I made, doing right was way better!  I felt better.  I knew when I chose right over wrong, other people were not hurt by something I had done.  This made a lot of sense to me as a kid.

In this new reality I find myself living in, it is not quite that simple anymore.  I feel great empathy for children being born into the world today.  Life will not be as simple for them.  Right and wrong are no more than a blurred, gray smudge, rather than a clear, legible line.  It must be confusing for them, like a child being told to stay far away from a busy street, but without any fence line or marker to show him  just how close or far he should be from the street, he turns to his mother with a puzzled look on his face and innocently asks, “How far, Mommy?”

This new reality features a new code for life and behavior, but the only problem is it is not very new.  “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit” (Judges 17:6, NIV).  We do indeed have a king (national leader), but we have no universally accepted code for right and wrong anymore.  Worse than that, right and wrong are in many cases being substituted for their very opposite.  We are actually moving away from the blurred and gray to “good is evil and evil is good.”  “Whoa, wake me from this terrible dream I am in!”

Take a second to think about things once deemed good and evil or healthy and unhealthy, and how there has become a polar shift in universal (almost) thinking about them, at least in regard to popular culture.  Think how popular culture affects children and young people, our future as a nation!

“Once” Deemed Good and/or Healthy:  traditional marriage (one man, one woman only), stay-at-home-mothering, Christianity, fatherhood, patriotism, financial success due to a good work ethic, a good work ethic, the Pledge of Allegiance in school and on the football field, prayer in school and on the football field, chaste behavior outside marriage, honesty, monogamy in marriage, freedom of speech (not just correct speech), civil discourse, respect for authority, sobriety in regard to drugs and alcohol, our military and police forces, the Ten Commandments, the Holy Bible, our Founding Fathers, Capitalism, the Bill of Rights, the rights of victims of crimes, ministers of the Gospel, holding pro-life views, and positive and moral role-models and heroes.  This is a partial list…

“Once” Deemed Evil and/or Unhealthy: alternative sexual lifestyles and marriages, lying, abortion, oppressive governments, disrespect to authority, drunkeness, pornography, many criminal behaviors, vulgar discourse, promiscuity, laziness/no work ethic, divorce, rebellion and anarchy, selfishness, vanity, morally deficient role-models, cohabitation, sexually explicit movies and literature, and violence.  This is a partial list…

Go ahead and switch the headings for the above lists to its now culturally popular, polar opposite:

“Now” Good and/or Healthy: alternative sexual lifestyles and marriages, lying, abortion, and so on…

“Now” Evil and/or Unhealthy: traditional marriage (one man, one woman only), stay-at-home-mothering, Christianity, and so on…

For every action, there is a reaction (although, sometimes it is delayed). It will come as sure as the sun will rise in the morning.  Truth is truth, whether or not one chooses to believe in it.  According to the Bible, there is only One Way, One Truth, all summed up in One Person-Jesus Christ.  What is your personal code (truth) for life and behavior?  Is it to believe and do as you see fit?  How is that working for you so far?  How is that working for our culture right now?

Are you in a fog looking for some clarity?  Are you, like me, trying to awaken myself from slumber in order to warn others of a pending reaction for this cultural, polar shift in calling good (healthy) things now evil (unhealthy) and evil (unhealthy) things now good (healthy)?  Woe to any of us if we cause “one of these little ones to sin, it would be better for us to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around our neck” (Mark 9:42).  We owe it to our children to present the Truth with its clear, legible lines.  They understand the simplicity of Truth.  They understand for every action there is a reaction, although it may delay in coming.  Don’t give them the “gray” or the “polar opposite,” but simply, the truth of what is good and bad, right and wrong, light and dark, sweet and bitter-before it is too late!

Waking up,

Robin

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