THE PARADOX OF GOOD AND EVIL-Part One
(Trussville, AL USA)
"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. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent." (Isaiah 5:20-23)
Is this introductory Scripture a capsule of America's demographics of today? Is America in a good-evil paradox ? Well, just look around you! Look at your neighborhood and your public square, and sad to say, look around today's churches. And do not forget today's commercial news media outlets, such as TV, radio, newspaper and the Internet.
So are we calling evil good and good evil? (Isaiah 5:20) Maybe so. All one need do is simply tune in the prime time family TV sitcoms. The 'family' orientated sitcoms of the past have grossly changed from "G" to "PG" or even "R" rated.
These sitcom episode script writers surely have apparently changed the light to darkness, and have given the sweet dialogs a very bitter taste by writing such suggestive scripts. (Isaiah 5:20)
Now has society changed to a Me, Myself, and I mentality ? And has the populace become near sighted, only seeing what is right in their own sight (Isaiah 5:21), not to mention the excuse of drowning one's troubles with booze ? (Isaiah 5:22) You be the judge, please.
And has America's long established 'Innocent until proving guilty' been reversed, as money seems to now buy just about anything ? (Isaiah 5:23) Again, you be the judge.
“Beware, the Lord is about to take firm hold of you and hurl you away, you mighty man. He will roll you up tightly like a ball and throw you into a large country. There you will die and there the chariots you were so proud of will become a disgrace to your master’s house. I will depose you from your office, and you will be ousted from your position. (Isaiah 22:17-19)
However, God is still in control of this great universe of ours, including America. So we need to beware. Is America now in great danger or on the verge of being "hurled away"? (Isaiah 22:17) Is America about to be thrown to the wolves, so to speak? (Isaiah 22:18) And will this diverse action actually start with the elected officials? (Isaiah 22:19) Only time may tell.
Very interesting Scripture insight, one may conclude. At this point in America's culture, can we then compare this Scripture with America's current situation? Well, it may just be one of those "GOK" (God only knows) questions. Ironically, however, it does seem to fit well at the moment.
So what about it, America? We know that all Scripture is inspired. Literally, it is "God-breathed; i.e. the Bible came from God through the men who wrote it." (II Peter 1:21)
And according to Dr. Charles Ryrie, God superintended these human authors so that, using their individual personalities, they composed and recorded without error God's word to man. Christ attested to the fact that inspiration extends to the very words that were used (Matt. 5:18) (John 10:35). In the same verse, Paul quoted Deuteronomy and Luke as Scripture (I Tim 5:18), and Peter declared Paul's epistles to be Scripture (II Peter 3:16). Inspiration does not involve mechanical dictation but the accurate recording of God's words. Inspiration does not extend beyond the original manuscripts, though the texts we possess today have been transmitted with high accuracy.
So I ask you again, America, can we relate the blog's Scripture to today's America? If so, what may be the answer as to how America may possibly avert such Scriptural destiny?
We do serve a loving God. He never leaves us to struggle without offering His help. (I Cor. 10:13)
In (II Chronicles 7:14) we see God's game plan. If we, His people, will humble ourselves, pray and seek Him, He will hear our cry and heal America.
Are you ready, America, to do your part? You see, the above Scripture is specifically directed to us, His people, to do our part. We must commit our great country to much prayer. And not forget to spread His redeeming Gospel, (Matt. 28:19-20) (Acts 1:8) for we never know when it may be too late. (Matt. 24:36) (Acts 1:7)