"Woe unto them who call evil, good, and good, evil" [Isaiah 5:20]
It is very attractive to accept the blessings without the cross; to choose our own path over "the way, the truth, and the life", to say, "My will be done." That is what happens when we turn our eyes the other way when evil is present. We ignore it and silently refuse to speak about it. When Satan has succeeded in silencing us then he continues his work by convincing us that evil or sin is acceptable. In doing so our perspective changes radically. We no longer judge sin for what it is. We began to call it a disease or phobia or whatever else will make us look better in the eyes of others.
An example of this is the death of my father who He died as an alcoholic. The Medical Association says alcoholism is a disease. Excuse me, but where is the scripture and verse for that? The bible clearly states that drunkenness is sinfulness; not a sickness. Now drinking excessively can cause sickness and even death, but it alone is not sickness. With millions of dollars being spent on the psychological welfare of men, women and children these days, is it any wonder why sin has disguised itself so well. People with ill behavioral attitudes or addictions often say, “I was born this way.” Better yet, “I’m predisposed to have this problem because my mother or father did.” There is a wonderful Greek word that sums up my feelings accurately regarding this matter. It is “Hogwash!”
If we choose a life of sin over purity, then let us be just as accountable with saying it is our decision and not a disease twisting our arms to surrender to it. Just incase you are reading and wondering if you have an illness or a sin problem, I’m really not delving into that right now. However, there are legitimate illnesses through out the entire bible that are NOT sin related. We live in a fallen world thanks to Adam and Eve. Because of this alone we suffer many maladies just through the privilege of being born.
Let’s remember to look at things for what they are. We are not judges of others actions but we are responsible for our own. Next time you are looking to make an excuse for your actions or behaviors try seeing if you had a choice. We often do and because of our sin nature, we often make the wrong choice without the leading of the Holy Spirit. I have found that when I am more critical, conscious and careful with my own life’s decisions, I can recognize sin for what it is. People, who live their every day lives consciously or unconsciously making wrong choices, also tend to call evil good and good evil. They usually subject themselves to the standards of those around them. They often succumb to peer pressure. I know this, because I used to blame all my problems on everyone but myself.
True Christianity not only recognizes sin for what it is, but consciously overcomes it by making right choices. If you continually find yourself at the “bottom of the barrel of life,” maybe it is time to realize you have a sin problem in which you alone are responsible for. Maybe you need guidance in how to make wise choices and how to depend upon God and not the acceptance of others. Maybe you were raised being taught that you are who you are because your parents were too strict, too mean, or didn’t change your diaper every 20 minutes, etc.. Believe me I have heard it all and I have used some of those excuses myself. Get a grip on life my friend cause…. It ain’t all about you! In reality, life isn’t a rose garden, but even with all the thorns we can enjoy the beauty of it when we learn to make choices to overcome evil and never accept or disguise evil as good.
Having been saved by grace and not by the law, we are able to overcome our sinful nature only by the washing of the Word. We are more than just conquerors... We are overcomers. But we are overcomers IN Christ Jesus, whose body was broken that we might live without condemnation. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Thought provoking article.