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October 24 – The Perversion Of Language And Hearts

“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

 Devotional Thought For The Day

Language is a precious gift from God, and language is determinative in how we end up looking at things. So the old adage: “a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.” This is the power of persuasion, what the advertising industry is all about, and of course, propaganda, including all of the political propaganda now being rammed down our throats.  Sadly, it appears that George Orwell pretty much nailed the future correctly in his novel “1984.”  People want things to be a certain way, and if they repeat the lie often enough they may be able to manipulate people, to gather people to their side, and to control how people think.  Whoever controls the language controls “reality.”  Sadly, this same dynamic has been used quite successfully in the false religions, those which teach differently than God’s Word, Holy Scripture, the Bible.  It is also currently being used quite successfully in higher education, as our universities no longer teach people to think critically but rather demand that they conform to the current paradigm – a godless secularism based in a truncated and distorted form of empiricism.

Sadly, this is an ancient problem, first introduced in the Garden of Eden [Gen. 3:4-6].  It was then used by Adam and Eve to defend themselves [Gen. 3:12,13], and also by Cain when confronted with his murder of Abel [Gen. 4:8,9]. Aaron used it with Israel in the matter of the golden calf [Exod. 32:4]. It is the principle conflict in the book of Jeremiah, between Jeremiah and the other “prophets” [see Jer. 28 for an example of this conflict].  Likewise, it is the principle dynamic in the encounters of Jesus with the religious leaders of Judaism, as recorded in the Gospel accounts, and what led to His crucifixion [see John 18:33-19:16 for Pilate’s involvement with this].  It was also used in an attempt to thwart the growth of the early church, to destroy the preaching of Christ’s resurrection [see Matt. 28:11-15].  It was also prominent in attempts to destroy the churches that Paul’s preaching and teaching had produced [see 1 Tim. 1:19,20, 2 Tim. 4:14, Gal. 1:6-9] and the apostle John confronted it and warned us about it as well [1 Jn. 4:1-6].

Perhaps the worst of this abuse of language occurs in the current debates about certain moral questions – the destruction of millions of human beings through abortion, the denigration of marriage through promiscuity, adultery, divorce, and the advancement of homosexuality as but “an alternative lifestyle,” on a par with marriage.  This kind of abuse of language, calling “evil good and good evil,” calling light darkness and darkness light, will obviously come under God’s judgment – regardless of how cleverly people may be able to succeed in manipulating others and controlling “reality” for the short-term. It is a demonic lie to portray abortion as a “right” and a “women’s health issue.”  In reality it is murder and a grotesque degradation of the women who choose it.  It is also a depraved shame that men would support and encourage such barbarity, or even countenance it!  God’s Word through the prophet Isaiah proclaims a deep and dire “woe” upon all human beings who participate in such debasing of His precious gift of language, turning it into an instrument of sin, deception, shame, and destruction.

We too have “expertise” in this perversion of language – it is part of our own sinful nature, this skill of justifying what our sinful lust, greed, selfishness, and pride desire.  We must beware – for it has the potential of separating us from reality, numbing our minds so that we can no longer recognize things for what they are.  It can drown out God’s Word, not only perverting our values and beliefs, but making us incapable of hearing and receiving God’s call to repentance and faith in His gracious forgiveness and mercy.  We are witnessing the power and effects of this corrupt dynamic every day – especially as we endure all of the political propaganda.  We will also witness God’s just punishment on those who have mastered and propagate this perversion of language.  God has spoken the “woe,” and it shall be done.  Lord, have mercy!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, we see the presumption of unbelief in those who think that they have complete freedom to espouse whatever their sinful hearts desire, and to corrupt language to garner support from others – all so that they may continue to violently abuse people. Bring woe upon those who are incorrigible in their impenitence and arrogance against You, that the salvageable might be turned to repentance, and our nation spared from Your wrath and punishment.  Have mercy on us, and confuse and refute the damnable lies of the evil one – wherever they are being promoted.  Preserve us from this sinful perversion which also arises in our hearts and minds.  Amen.