"Woe Unto Them That Call Evil, Good"

by Ron Hall


There can be no doubt that America has lost most of the moral values on which she was founded over 230 years ago.  Many Americans have lost their moral and spiritual compass and are now calling evil good, and good evil!  The late radio commentator Paul Harvey aired the following examples of America calling evil good on his radio program, "The Rest of the Story:"


We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment


Sadly, this is a true description of the moral decay which we now see in America and I am sure we could add more things to this list.  But, we must never forget what God said long ago about this type of immoral thinking.  The great prophet Isaiah warned against those who called evil good, and good evil, when he penned these inspired words:


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!

Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! (Isaiah 5:20-23).


God has given serious warnings to those who despise the word of the Holy One of Israel.  Jehovah said His word would not return unto Him void; "For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accom­ plish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it" (Isaiah 55:10-11).  Here is the conclusion of Isaiah's warning to those who call evil good, and good evil: “Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were tom in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.” (Isaiah 5:24-25).

Christians, we had better wake up; it may be later than we think for America. God's judgment is surely coming if we do not repent!  But, as I have said before, I do not believe all is gloom and doom.  God is still in control of His creation and He will take care of His people, if we will remain faithful to Him (Psalms 145:13, 19; Romans 8:31).  I believe we can still make a difference in our land if our hearts are right with God.  Always remember that God knows our hearts and He knows if we are being faithful to Him.  Therefore, we need to search our hearts daily to make sure that we are walking faithfully, according to His will.  I am reminded here of what David said, over 3000 years ago, concerning his own heart and the omniscience of God: [Please read Psalms 139]

Yes, God knows our hearts.  It is a foolish man who thinks he can hide his thoughts from God.  If we are going to make a difference in our land we must live is such a way that God will hear our prayers.  We are certainly living in perilous times.  As Christians we can do something that no one else can do to save America from the judgment of God?  Just as Paul instructed Timothy to pray for his political leaders (Timothy 2:1-2) so must we.  But we must first humble ourselves before God, searching our own hearts that there is no wickedness in us.  Then we can pray for our leaders and for our nation that God will heal our land and He will spare judgment against America.  I am reminded of what the inspired writer said long ago; "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14).  Woe unto them that call good evil, and evil good!