“A warning to those who call evil good”
Lou Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
You don’t often see “woe” used in an article. It’s a word that is rarely used in our day. But it’s a word that ought to be understood and taken seriously, especially in light of recent events. Woe is used in Scripture to convey a dire warning. It usually precedes God’s judgment. Isaiah Chapter 5 has led me to reflect on a current issue, namely the Senate “hearings” concerning a man nominated to the Supreme Court.
Isaiah 5:20, “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!” God issued a warning to His people for their abusive and oppressive behavior towards their brothers. More specifically, God directed His “woe” against the leaders of His people.
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” quoted from verse 5 is repeated five additional times in Chapter 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
We also have God’s promise to work all things together for the good of those who love Him, those whom He has called, Romans 8:28.
The Bible was written to believers, but it applies to all people. God does not have a sliding scale. He doesn’t grade on a curve. “All must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” 2Corinthans 5:10
We have recently witnessed the character assassination of a nominee to the Supreme Court. I firmly believe that the motivation of his attackers is fear. I further believe that their fear is rooted in the elimination of their unholy sacrament of progressivism, abortion.
Evil behavior often comes dressed in “good intentions.” In this case, the so-called “good” intentions are clothed in a professed desire to protect and honor women, especially those who have suffered sexual abuse. Reasonable people wonder, “Why would such an allegation with no evidence be used against this particular man at this time?” A closer examination reveals that, after all the peripheral issues are pushed aside, only one issue remains. That issue is the sanctity of human life. It is well-known that the primary objection to Judge Kavanaugh by the progressive element in our society is his view of human life. This is a critical time for our culture. I pray that people of honor will recognize what is actually happening and stand against evil and stand for that which is good, right and true!
Because of man’s total depravity, recognizing that which is good, right and true must be determined outside of ourselves. God is the standard of good. He is the author of all life and He has sanctified human life.
With the knowledge of God’s sovereignty and His sanctification of human life the ethics of abortion can be seen clearly. Abortion does not fall in the category of ethical confusion. We need not wonder what the “good” course is. God is for life! Those who would call death good are placing themselves under the “woes” that Isaiah declared.
I read somewhere 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 He has sanctified, namely human life. There is no middle ground when it comes to standing for the sanctity of human life. May we who know the truth, ask God’s blessing on that which is good and speak openly for the sanctity of human life!
May all honorable people speak out against the destruction of a man’s character for the sake of protecting the evil practice of abortion. May the root cause of these attacks against Judge Kavanaugh be unveiled for all to see.