Call Good Evil and Evil Good

18 Sep

(This is a poorly written post, and I apologize for that)

Isaiah 5: 20, 23-24

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!…Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

 

Some things have been agitating my mind in recent weeks, and I have been trying to think of how best to approach them in this blog. The other day I remembered this passage from Isaiah. Reflecting on it I have concluded that we, as a society, have become as ancient Israel. We have begun to call evil good and good evil. In the following paragraph I will speak of two ways in which we are calling evil good, and one in which good is being called evil.

 

Homosexuality and Transgender: Sixty years ago our society recognized that homosexuality was a sin against the laws of God. People who did choose to live a homosexual life did so in secret, concealing it from friends, family, and the public. To engage in such a practice was viewed with great shame and scandal and could ruin anyone’s career. Homosexuality was listed as a psychological disorder that people could seek treatment for. The concept of same-sex marriage was not even a consideration for people. Transgender was not even known as a concept to society at large.

Today the Supreme Court has declared homosexual marriage to be a right, leading the Boy Scouts to open its organization to homosexual leaders. Rather than being a thing of shame and scandal, those who openly acknowledge a homosexual preference are regarded as heroes to be admired. To even suggest that such there is anything wrong with such a lifestyle is now viewed as a shameful and scandalous attitude.

Going beyond this, the idea of transgender has not only crept in, but has also been given a place of honor. There was the story recently of a high school boy that decided he was actually a girl and demanded to be allowed to use the girl’s locker room and bathrooms. The school, rather than standing up for the actual girls, agreed. In response 150 of the students left school in protest. Public reaction was to defend the boy and demonize the other students. Then, today I read that Bruce Jenner, the Olympian, is petitioning to have his gender legally changed to female.

 

Abortion: Again, it was sixty years ago that the idea of an abortion was horrifying to the general public. Abortions were done in back rooms by under the table doctors. For a woman to have an abortion was a scandal, one that she would likely not recover from in the public’s eye. Most women who got pregnant out of wedlock went into seclusion until the child was born and then placed them up for adoption.

Then we had the court case of Roe v. Wade. Since then abortion has become normal and accepted practice. Now instead of a doctor losing their license for such a procedure, they can be sued for refusing to perform it. There is still some controversy on this issue, but it has become common in society. In fact, the controversy is no longer focused on abortion in general, but has been pushed to late term and partial birth abortions, both of which many people defend.

 

Religion and Faith: Fifty years ago it was men of faith and conviction that were held in high esteem. That is when the phrase “Under God” was added to the pledge of allegiance; a time when the vast majority of Americans accepted and held to religious beliefs. People accepted the truth of the Bible. Public prayers were practiced. The blessings of God were invoked on behalf of the nation. There were still atheists, and many who believed the theories of evolution. However, to disagree with them was not an issue. Religions enjoyed protection under the law, and law could not force anyone to act contrary to their religious convictions.

Now, anyone who accepts the truth of the Bible is branded a fanatic. Those who reject evolution are called superstitious and closed minded idiots. They are shunned in intellectual communities. Any suggestion that the atheists are wrong is mocked. I actually had a friend who stopped talking to me because I said I did not accept evolution.

Religion has come under attack on all fronts. When the boy scouts lifted the ban on homosexual leaders they left in an exception for religious based troops. This was derided and the gay activists immediately began to demand that the exception be removed. Doctors, whose religious convictions are against abortions or other procedures, can be sued. More recently, a county clerk has been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court ruling. Her standing by her convictions has made her a villain in the eyes of much of the country.

The United States is one of the few countries left that recognizes a religious marriage. The great majority of countries require a civil marriage for it to be legally binding. This will likely change in the next few months simply because the gay activists will sue any church that refuses to perform same-sex marriages. As a result of the Supreme Court ruling any church not wanting to perform same-sex marriages will soon have to stop performing all marriages to maintain their tax exemption status.

 

Many more examples could be given, but these are the ones that stand out to me at this time. We have truly become a society that calls evil good and good evil.

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2 Responses to “Call Good Evil and Evil Good”

  1. MormonBloke September 18, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

    Thanks for your thoughts on this important topic

  2. shematwater September 23, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

    I only touched briefly on Abortion in my post here, but today I have discovered an article that deeply disturbs me. I give the link below.
    Basically, this article discusses an online movement that celebrates abortion and attempts to take all shame away from the committing of this act. Truly we are a society that is unable to blush (Jeremiah 6:15, 8:12).

    http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/shoutyourabortion-proves-that-modern-liberalism-is-a-satanic-death-cult-2/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Firewire%20Morning%20Edition%20Recurring%20v2%202015-09-23&utm_term=Firewire_Morning_Test

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