Upside Down


“What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.”  —  Isaiah 5:20

There is a phenomenon in the real estate world today called “upside down.” This occurs when the value of a property is less than the owner actually owes on his mortgage. Many in our country are finding themselves in this predicament. It has caused an uproar in our economic markets and threatens the stability of our economic system.

Isaiah warned of an “upside down” situation in the moral and spiritual state of Israel. He said that it would be a sad day when God’s people got everything turned around.

There are times when people do not seem to have any moral sense at all, and this is true not only in general but also of individuals. We have all known individuals who have sinned and are ashamed of it. I hope that such shame is true of  all of us.

We have also known those who have sinned and have not been ashamed. Many of these have lost their moral sense altogether, who do not seem to know the difference between right and wrong. They are amoral or non-moral.

But there is something that is even worse than that — and that is what is described in this verse in Isaiah, namely the condition of moral perversion. This is a condition in which they have overturned all the standards. It is a deliberate, positive reversal of what has always been universally accepted.

Is this not one of the most obvious characteristics of the days in which we are living? Is not this element of perversion the greatest and most outstanding characteristic of our times, this turning upside down, the reversal of everything that has commonly been accepted and recognized?

We must not despair of modern men and women with their so-called new morality and perversions. There is a cure for their upside down state. The Gospel is “the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16). The apostle Paul preached it in the seaport city of Corinth, down in the dregs, in the vileness, in the riot of evil that was Corinth. He preached it there and it was the power of God in the lives of men and women.

“Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11). Thank God, it is still true!

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