Up Side Down
We all know that some things are morally right and some things are morally wrong. We know it is right to do right and that it is wrong to do wrong. We may differ as to what we perceive to be right or wrong. The problem is, we live in a fallen, sin-cursed, up-side-down world. The typical person who lives his life without God and without the Bible has confused and perverted values. In fact, he may boldly affirm that wrong is right and that right is wrong.
It is only after one has been born again through faith in Christ and starts feeding on the Bible, God’s Word, that he begins to understand right and wrong from God’s perspective. Only as we honestly face God’s Word and seek to please Him, will our lives be turned right-side-up.
When we consider what is moral and what is immoral, we are faced with the fact that some things are amoral. Webster’s definition of amoral is “without a sense of moral responsibility” “outside the sphere in which moral distinctions or judgments apply”.
Many things in life are not moral issues. God has made us individuals with different interests, tastes and preferences. He gives us freedom to make choices that are not moral issues. You don’t need to pray for God’s will about many mundane matters, such as whether you will buy peas or squash or whether you will wear one tie or another.
But when it comes to most matters concerning our thinking and our actions, nothing is outside the sphere of morality. What we do is either good or evil. What we say is either good or evil. What we think is either good or evil. Most influences in our lives are either good or evil. You may be wondering how I came to that conclusion. Read on.
God, the only source of good.
Everything God made was good. See Genesis 1:10,12,18,21,25,31. He is the author of beauty, order, harmony and purpose. He sees everything as good or evil. Proverbs 15:3 He judges every work of man as either good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:14 Nothing is said about amoral works. Every work is either good or evil. He satisfies us with good things. Psalm 103:1-5 “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 He only gives us good and perfect gifts. James 1:17 “God richly gives us all things to enjoy.” I Timothy 6:17 When Paul writes, “all things to enjoy”, it is understood that the things referred to are good things; not evil things, since God only gives good things.
At the same time God hates evil. “For Thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness; neither shall evil dwell with Thee.” Psalm 5:4 “Ye who love the Lord, hate evil.” Psalm 97:10 Christians are not to be so “loving” that we love everything, regardless of whether it is good or evil. “Let love be without dissimulation, (hypocrisy). Abhor that which is evil; cleave (cling) to that which is good.” Romans 12:9.
Satan, the only source of evil.
Satan is not our friend. He can only do us evil. His purpose is to destroy us and spit us out. Satan is the author of ugliness, disorder, disharmony and confusion, as well as all evil. He takes God’s good and beautiful gifts such as sexuality, music, literature and art and he influences man to pervert it. He tempts us to sin by defying God and His Word. Satan destroys everything he touches. He lies to us. John 8:44 He comes to us as an angel of light to deceive us. II Corinthians 11:13-15 He attempts to mix truth and evil together and confuse issues. I Corinthians 14:33 He is our dangerous adversary. I Peter 5:8-9
Satan attempts to devour Christians and to keep us from being all God intended us to be. When we listen to Satan he: darkens our countenance, takes the sparkle from our eyes, puts a sneer on our face, stiffens our neck, fills us with defiance toward God and removes the joy of salvation from our heart.
Good and evil must not be confused.
God divided light from darkness. Genesis 1:4 He separated Abram from his homeland of Ur of the Chaldees to make him a man of God and make him a blessing to the whole world. Genesis 12:1-3. The twelve tribes of Israel were God’s peculiar treasure. Exodus 19:4-6
Christ’s Church is His peculiar (special) people today. We belong to Him. We have no rights but to live for Him and please Him in all that we think or do or say. Titus 2:11-14 We are to live in fellowship with God and have no fellowship with that which is evil. Ephesians 5:3-11 I John 1:6-7 II Corinthians 6:14-18 7:1
From God’s Word we are to make a distinction between good and evil, realizing that no influence that comes into our life is amoral. It is either drawing us toward God or causing us to resist God and be influenced by Satan. Don’t deceive yourself by thinking you are living your own life, free of influence. Don’t be deceived by thinking that influence is amoral. It is either the good influence of God or the evil influence of Satan.