Isaiah records, “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!” (Isa 5:20).
You know what was going on. The people decided that if what they were doing was sinful, then they would decide that it is not sinful. If they said it was good to do, then it would not be bad. Then in turn they look down on actions that were right and those that did them, making those actions out to be wrong.
It might work this way. Suppose I was a thief. I stole an occasional goat, small amounts of food, basic clothing items, or small amounts of money. I did that to support myself and my family, because we did not have much if anything to eat or cloth ourselves. I decide that this is good. I am providing for my families needs. I only steal what I cannot afford, and I cannot afford the smallest of things. I continue this way until I am caught. I convince the authorities that I “have to steal to survive” so my theft is a good thing. I convince them that what is really a crime is having more than you need. So now my theft is a virtue and your storing up for the winter is criminal.
I know it was not necessarily that simple, but that is the idea.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil”
I am thinking that maybe, just maybe our society is there. When we applaud sin, elect sin to power, and pay to observe sin in media, but turn around and make fun of those who choose not to participate and punish those who take a stand against sinful actions – we are there.
Christians, the time is now, no it is past time that we stand up for what is right. We must raise the standard. We must first remind ourselves and our families what is good and right. We must live as true light in a dark world and let that light expose the obstacles of the dark.