When Good is Evil and Evil is Good

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! (Isaiah 5:20).

I remember the first time I read these Words from God, written by Isaiah the prophet and wondered how on earth anyone could call good evil and evil good. That was many years ago, sometime in 1989, but those thoughts have come back to haunt me recently.

Just the other day, I was driving home and I was having a conversation with the Lord, going over everything happening in the world and He reminded me of this verse. It was like a bolt of lightning. I realized; we are living in those times, when people call evil good and good evil. The real question is; how on earth did we come to this?

I truly believe, once you take the moral standards of God off the table, you no longer have morality. Without Christ as our compass, pointing us true north, there are no longer any moral absolutes. Today, everyone does what is right in their own eyes. This should sound familiar to anyone who has read the Bible.

In the Book of Judges, you find this quoted twice: In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes (Judges 17:6, 21:25). Because there was no one leading the people according to the Word of God, the people did whatever they thought was good to them. They had no moral compass.

Maybe you have not noticed the problem, but it is very real and present in our world today. Recently, a young girl was suspended for saying, “Bless you,” after another student sneezed in class. What was once a common courtesy is now cause for suspension. In my father’s house, if we did not all say, “God bless you,” after someone sneezed, it was cause for a reprimand. We were taught better.

For months now, people have been told they cannot hang up the flag of the United States of America in the United States of America. It has become offensive to fly our national flag. Go online and you will find landlords and home owner associations demanding people take down their flags, so they do not offend people—people living in the United States of America. Shouldn’t they expect to see our flag? They chose to live here; it should not be offensive.

How has good been called evil? After thousands of rockets were fired upon them from Gaza over a few months, Israel finally retaliated against Hamas and because their rocket system is better at hitting their targets, people have blamed Israel for the loss of lives. Many believe Israel needs to stop defending themselves in spite of the very clear and present danger of the Hamas leadership in Gaza. Hamas is good and Israel is evil? Really?! THINK ABOUT IT!

I could continue, but I think the point is made. At one time, I could not imagine a world where good was called evil and evil was called good, but it has happened and we are living in the times Isaiah the prophet wrote about between 740 and 680 B.C. As a society, we no longer live by a moral code. Many people do not believe in the Word of God, so they do whatever feels good to them. These same people call Christians evil, intolerant and uncompassionate. God’s people are now evil and those who practice sin are good.

As I was driving in my car, speaking to God, and He revealed the truth of the times we are living in, I did not lose hope, because my hope and trust is in Him. I have read my Bible from cover to cover and I know; Jesus has already won, and all I could say was, “Jesus, please come soon!”

— Staff Writer