The world is pretty much upside-down. We have presidential candidates in the United States who profess Christianity, but are unwilling to call a cult a cult. Heaven forbid that a Christian offend anyone with the truth! We have a president who says of communist, Islamist, anti-American protestors, "we understand their struggles and we are on their side." We have politicians who believed the ill-minded idea that they could spend trillions of taxpayer dollars that they didn't have and somehow create enough debt that the nation would prosper. And through it all, we have people who say they are followers of Christ who get angry when these "truths" are pointed out. The world is upside-down.
Just take the so-called "Palestinian" issue as an example. The Arabs and Islam have millions of acres of land and have their own closed societies over a significant portion of the world. They have oil money. Slave money. Drug money. Yet with all their wealth and property, they contend for a small area of land near Jerusalem--a land that has absolutely no true religious or ancestral value to the Islamist. But it has one thing that Muslims are directed to eradicate by their very holy book--Jews. So they are demanding a piece of Jerusalem and most of its surrounding land. Politicians are so caught up in this group think that they believe if they give these terrorists what they want, there will be peace. Upside-down.
Things are just off. This is a point in time of history where a movement of God would be quite noticeable. I am not talking about a crazy, radical, name it claim it, shout it out, a holy being defined as bizarre movement. But a movement of God in each man's heart, soberly, solemnly, joyfully, humble, from one to another. Isaiah 5:20 says, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter." As one might discern, our American society, many cultures, if not most, worldwide suffer woe because evil is called good and good is called evil. Isaiah 5:25: "Therefore is the anger of the Lord kindled against his people." Things are upside-down.
In Acts 17, Paul reasoned with the Jews on three sabbath days, preaching Christ to them "out of the scriptures." Some Jews believed as did a great multitude of Greeks. But the Jews which did not believe organized some thugs, caused an uproar in the city and assaulted the house of Jason, where Paul and Silas were staying. They didn't find Paul and Silas, but they took Jason to the rulers of the city. Verse 6 says, "...crying, These that have turned the wold upside down are come hither also; Whom Jason hath received and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king, one Jesus." One way, it seems, to try to make things right side up again is to preach the gospel from the scriptures. It worked with Paul and Silas by the unbelievers own admission.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!Bill Wilson