“The Upside Down World”
Lou Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
The world is upside down when right is called wrong or good is seen as evil. I believe that our Western Culture has reached the stage of being upside down! In our day, an unnatural lifestyle is called gay. It was said that “love won” when God’s institution of marriage was redefined as a union of a man and a man or a woman and a woman. Those who support the killing of unborn babies are said to be “pro-choice” rather than “pro-death.”
For such conditions, God issued a warning to the Church. God said, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.” Isaiah 5:20a This reality may offend our sense of rugged individualism. There are things that are right, good and loving and they are not defined by me or anyone else! Woe is used in Scripture to convey a dire warning. It usually precedes God’s judgment. Isaiah 5:20 continues with more clarity for our upside down world. “Woe (to those)… who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” God issued a warning to His people for their abusive and oppressive behavior towards others. More specifically, God directed His “woe” against the leaders of His people. God’s people had become man-centered idolaters and thereby lived in an “upside down world.”
The book of Isaiah comprehensively covers God’s judgment and salvation. Chapter 5 was addressed to God’s “vineyard”, His chosen people. God sought justice and righteousness within His people and found none! God’s indictment of wicked people continued. They are described as oppressive, self-serving, unjust and liars. The word “woe” is repeated six times in Isaiah 5.
God expects His people to know good from evil. He expects His people to follow “the good”. “The good” is that which is morally and ethically right. The ultimate source of “the good” is God. He has revealed “the good” in His word. “He has told you, O man, what is good.” Micah 6:8a
The Bible was written to believers, yet it is universally applicable. God does not have a sliding scale. He doesn’t grade on a curve. “All must appear before the judgment seat of Christ…” 2Corinthans 5:10.
A recent candidate for the Presidency once called upon God to bless Planned Parenthood. This organization claims that they operate for the interest of women’s health. The founder believed in eugenics shaped by her belief in evolution. Eugenics is the attempt to improve the species through genetic control. Margaret Sanger, the organization’s founder, believed improvement of the species comes by removing the less desirable members of society, in her view, minorities and the disabled. One of the tools that she advocated was abortion another was sterilization of minority women. Margaret Sanger summarized her philosophy. “More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief aim of birth control.” (Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12)
Issues of human life do not fall in the category of ethical confusion. We need not wonder what the “good” course is. God is for life! Those who call killing babies good fall under the “woes” that Isaiah declared and are living in darkness in an upside down world.
Some issues may not be as clear as the issue of the life of the unborn. An example that comes to mind concerns obeying the rule of law. Applying the law of the land is described as inhumane especially when it involves the borders of our nation. Some have even said that it is unloving to expect those seeking entrance to our country to obey our immigration laws.
I am a minister of the gospel. Yet, in this I am writing as a man who believes in the Risen Lord Jesus. God made me a new creation by His sovereign grace alone. He caused me to see the truth and beauty of Christ. As a member of His family, I am obligated to declare the truth and live under His word. I dare not bless what God curses! I dare not remain silent when evil is called good.
It has been said, that for evil to succeed all that is necessary is for good men to be silent. I am not good in the sight of God. I am a sinner. God alone is good and He expects me to stand for that which is good, right and true not for the values of our upside down world.