By Sandy Mittelsteadt
Faith Contributor, Valley Ag Voice
The idea of calling evil good and good evil goes back for several thousand years. In fact, Isaiah, who lived 700 years before Jesus was born, wrote about it in Isaiah 5:20: “Woe to them who call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Many years ago, when I was a lot younger, this idea seemed silly to me, but today, I think that I am living in the very days that people call evil good and call good evil. What has happened? How do we fall into this trap that I think originated with Satan?
America’s descent away from God first began with the acceptance of evil and has now moved into a time in which there are no moral absolutes or moral code. Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jewish minister, says “we are now observing a growing progression towards censorship, silencing, and attempted abolition of anything and anyone that stands in the way of the new morality—namely traditional values, biblical values, Christians, ministries, and the word of God” (Cahn, 2021).
We have entered the era where everyone does what is right in his or her own eyes. Many people do not believe in God anymore. These people say Christians are evil, narrow-minded, and bigoted. So, now the people who practice sin are good and believers in God are evil.
Satan confuses people by mixing just enough good in with the evil. Right now, heroes in the arenas of sports, movies, music, politics, and both national and world leaders are living immoral lives using their influence to spread that immorality around the world. The symptoms of this sliding downward path are:
• No longer outraged by the immorality around us
• Ignoring the things of God
• Spending a lot of time with non-believers, who have a low moral code
• Spending more time in the world like increased listening to TV
• Seeking immediate pleasure
• Pursuing the attitude of “What’s in it for me?”
The world says to place your trust and hope in education and science and the world will be a better place. I do think that both education and science have a place in making the world better. But as for me and my house, we will place our trust and hope in the Lord! Jesus states in Matthew 6:33: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you as well.”
However, we must prepare for this spiritual war–which means we need to study scripture and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Make it your goal this month to spend more time with Jesus. God bless and keep you as you stay in His will!