Opinion: Calling Evil Good and Good Evil


By Lucy, a contributing author

Isaiah, a prophet of Israel, warned those living in Jerusalem and Judah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight!”  His warning included the retribution for those who do these things, and sure enough, in 605 – 586 B.C. the Babylonians over-ran Israel’s southern kingdom and took the Jews captive, just as Isaiah had predicted.


There are those today who subscribe to an evolving morality; they believe we have become so much more enlightened that old rules no longer apply.  In the midst of these morphing standards of conduct come the call for “change;” will that change bring our country the hope it promises or will it be “woes?”   Will it produce a conditional and utilitarian sense of justice that will just as surely make us culpable for the “woes” described so long ago?


The reaction to the recent murder of George Tiller is an example of the cognitive dissonance of our culture.  Those supporting abortion have rightfully called his murder as wrong, but have failed to see the irony of his participation in what some have estimated as the death of 60,000 babies, including numerous “almost-born” children as reprehensible murders themselves.  He is lauded as “compassionate” but what compassion did he show for those defenseless children as he searched for them via the sonogram that was turned away from their mothers?  The same is true for the man who allegedly killed Tiller…how can he claim to be pro-life and kill another human being?  If one is to adhere to the “sanctity of life” one must uphold the sanctity of all life.  If one is truly seeking justice, one has to allow the slow process of justice to do its work or we will become a nation entangled in anarchy, which will inevitably bring tyranny and loss of freedom.


The finger-pointing and accusations will continue until the day that we understand that we are accountable to a higher law; a law given by one whose thoughts and ways are higher than ours.  Until then we are destined to suffer the consequences of our being “wise in our own eyes” and “clever in our own sight.” 


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