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. (Isaiah 5:20–21, NIV 1984).
My Musings – See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. What does that even mean anymore? What we once saw as evil, is not anymore. What would once make our ears ring, is now just background noise. Once upon a time, if we had nothing good to say, we would say nothing at all.
So, what happened to evil? The dictionary defines it the same way — morally or highly reprehensible, sinful. We have not changed the definition of evil. But we’ve changed the things that we consider to be morally reprehensible or sinful. We still believe that evil is a bad thing, but we no longer believe some things to be sinful. We have not changed the “rules,” (evil is bad) we changed the “ruler” we use to measure the rules (what or when something is sinful or not).
My Advice – This may sound like I am splitting hairs or engaging in double-talk. And perhaps that’s the point. The evil one is subtle and crafty. He allows us to go on believing that evil is bad — to soothe our conscience. All while he convinces us that not all that is evil really is evil — to satisfy our itching ears, eyes and tongue. “Did God really say…?” How wise he makes us “in [our] own eyes and clever in [our] own sight.”
Jesus said, “go and sin no more.” The devil and the world system say, “go, it’s sin no more.” Let’s wise up. Let’s open our eyes, ears and mouths. He is playing us for a bunch of stooges.
Steve is an elder at First. He has his own blog, www.TheBrewIsAmusing.com