I truly believe the Word of God is living, staying relevant to each generation as we apply it to today. Indeed, it is sharper than any two-edged sword. This is a verse for such a time as this. For months, I and millions of others have been witness to this scripture being lived out in churches and on the national stage.
It does not matter whether you are a Democrat or a Republican — this comes down to basic values and crosses party and denominational lines.
I have seen what is good called evil and what is evil called good. Speaking in anger…is not good. Hateful attitudes and lack of compassion towards a person or group because of their immigration status, color, country of origin or religion…is not good. Pride and exalting oneself above others, ego that is out of control, and lack of humility…is not good.
None of this is good, yet we have 81 percent of white evangelicals who have supported and called out what is evil as being good. They have said that what He declared as bitter is now sweet, what He preached as darkness is now light! Thus, we have a spiritual crisis in America. It is never OK to make that accusation, as only God knows the heart. They have embraced racism, bigotry, xenophobia and sexism and called it Christian values. They need to remember what Jesus embraced: character, love, and the outcasts of society.
He not only broke the religious and society rules by speaking to her, He shocked all with His love and He touched her heart by reaching out to her. And since this is Christmas, remember the complete humility of Jesus very beginnings. He was born in nothing more than a barn, and He rode into Jerusalem not on a beautiful noble steed with gold plated saddle, but a simple donkey.
We both care based on our Christian values, we just reach a different conclusion as to what will help the poor. This is not you being evil as a conservative and me being good as a liberal or vice versa — this is a difference of political views. We can and should hold mutual respect as believers on this standpoint, even as we disagree on policy and vote differently — remembering we have a mutual goal and value.
However, if you belittle the poor, if you scapegoat minorities who are poor, if you insult them, if you are hardhearted and without compassion…we now stand on opposite ends of scripture and you have just embraced an ideology that calls what Jesus Christ said is evil, good. Sometimes what is passed off as good or holy on the outside is not.
Likewise, we have also seen good things and good works called bad. The young couple, though they have been warned of the psychological and spiritual dangers of premarital intimacies, sit in a parked car and flirt with tragedy, all the while calling the experience heavenly.
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That which is heavenly within the marriage bond can become a hell of remorse to those who indulge in it outside of marriage. How do we get our values so mixed up? How do we fall into this trap of Satan? We look for shortcuts to happiness.
Our lust for immediate pleasure prompts us to think of evil as good. Another way to call evil good is to say that morals are relative. Nothing is firm today. We are not on solid ground. Young people are shifting from one side to the other. Morally, they are drifting aimlessly without compass or guide. Still another way that evil is called good is for the conscience to be perverted, and certainly our consciences today are perverted.
But right is right even if nobody is right, and wrong is wrong even if everybody is wrong. God does not change the moral law to suit our behavior.
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Hazen G. John Doe, the cheating on exams, the usual exaggerations in conversation and the common immoralities of our times. The modern conscience has been twisted and distorted so badly that it is difficult to tell what is genuine and what is false. Self-centeredness is another reason we are so inclined to call evil good.
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When something brings profit or pleasure to us we are inclined to call evil good, even though we know it is dead wrong. In other words, we want God to be our servant.
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Also, through a popular technique called rationalization we find it easy to call evil good. How easy it is to place the blame on others, on circumstances or on fate.
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We call evil good. Our Lord was impatient with our tendency to rationalize our evil and call it good. The Pharisee kidded himself into thinking he was something when he was not. He was skilled in the ancient—and modern—art of rationalization. How can we get our values straightened out? If your vision is clear, your whole body will be full of light. Matthew But if your vision is poor, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Luke Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your vision is clear, your whole body also is full of light.
But when it is poor, your body is full of darkness. Luke Be careful, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Job They have turned night into day and have made light seem near in the face of darkness. Isaiah They no longer sing and drink wine; strong drink is bitter to those who consume it.
Isaiah They say to the seers, "No more visions," and to the prophets, "Do not prophesy to us the truth. Speak to us pleasant words; prophesy illusions. Amos You who turn justice into wormwood and cast righteousness to the ground Habakkuk Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked hem in the righteous; therefore, justice is perverted. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Let the plan of the Holy One of Israel come so that we may know it!