A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for August 05, 2021
|Calling Evil Good|
Text: "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil. . . ." Isaiah 5:20
Abortion is called "choice."
Fornication is called "freedom."
Disobedience is called self-expression.
Adultery is carelessly called "a one-night stand" or "a roll in the hay."
Lies, told when we want to soften hard reality are called "bare-faced" and even "white" when we want to diminish or depreciate them.
Some robbers head to the streets to mug their victims, collecting their "wages" in the process.
Tax evasion is called "creative accounting."
Gouging is said to be "just business."
The list is endless. The willingness of the depraved human heart to euphemize sin is inexhaustible. It seems that anything goes--except the real truth.
But, thank God, there is a biblical word which can be helpful indeed. It is the often observed word, "confess." Basically it means "to say the same thing." The sinner who repents will readily confess his sin, saying exactly what it is that he has done, what its real name is and why he begs God for forgiveness.
Sometimes earnest Christians have been known to pray this silly prayer, "Lord, if I have done anything wrong, please forgive me. One feels like saying to the self-righteous prig, "Get down and guess a while!"
Confession is where it's at. Confession of your sins to God and others is how the conversation goes on the narrow way.
Good is good, and evil is evil.