Sunday, July 24th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 76)
Calling Evil Good
Whoever rewards evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house...
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.
Proverbs 17:13,15 (NKJV)
It is not good to show partiality to the wicked,
Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
Proverbs 18:5 (NKJV)
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!
Isaiah 5:20 (NKJV)
Confusion regarding good and evil is a battle plan of the devil, and his first conquest was God's first couple, who got trapped by looks, likes, wants and feelings. But are we any different today?
Because if we're charmed by the look of things, if we're concerned with all manner of likes, if we're fixated on the stuff we want, if we're compelled by our heartfelt desires,* goodness gets twisted and hung out to dry.
Because evil dresses up quite nicely. It roots itself in popularity. It seduces us into obsessions. It reduces us to selfish feelings. It preaches cultural conformity but cheats with moral relativity, where each man decides for himself what's good.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Media's seductive creations specialize in making bad look good, where stars become pretty little liars. Worse than the fictional roles they play are their celebrity endorsements. Star-struck fans buy everything they sell.***
So know your role in this production. You're ambassadors pointing skyward: where good looks depend on the Good Book, a beauty treatment that transforms us; where likes aren't just virtual friendships, but love from an ever-present God; where what we want the most is Jesus, Who never fails to provide for us; where injured feelings from wounded hearts become testimonies to God's grace.
To Be Continued...
* 'The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?' (Jeremiah 17:9).
** Consider this root of spiritual decline described twice in the Book of Judges: 'In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes' (Judges 17:6, 21:25).
** Previous AMTC Devotion 4-part series, Moral Relativity: http://amtcdevotions.org/moral-relativity-aka-whatever-part-1
*** Musicians popular with teens endorse mostly junk food, study finds: http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/06/health/musicians-endorse-junk-food/
*** Study reveals which celebrities are paid millions to endorse junk food and soda: http://www.sciencealert.com/study-reveals-which-celebrities-are-paid-millions-to-endorse-junk-food-and-soda
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.