It’s Bad

I’m surprised when I find myself doing it – rationalizing.  I start to make excuses for making not great choices.

I find myself thinking it’s ‘not really bad’.

Do you do this, too?

Do you tell yourself “everyone’s doing it” or “no one will ever know” when you think about doing something that’s not right?

God’s words through Isaiah are very clear about our tendency to rationalize away bad decisions.  “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”.

Woe to me when I call evil good…..or call evil okay.  These words echo through my head as I recommit to stop rationalizing things.

I need to be discerning – don’t accept evil as good, don’t call shades of darkness light.

I need to be wise.  This doesn’t mean I go around judging other people.  God is their judge.  I’m focusing on my behavior and my values and my choices.  I’m focusing on calling good good and calling evil evil in my life.

And stop the excuses, stop the rationalizing.

Please open my eyes, Abba Father.

 

Call It What It Is

We get in trouble every time we make excuses for our behavior.

Everytime we try to rationalize away our sin.

Sometimes we do or say something wrong and then we try to make it ok by blaming someone else or telling ourselves everyone does the same thing so it’s not so bad.

“They started it.”

“I’m not as bad as ……………” (fill in the blank).

Isaiah speaks to this sin of rationalization in his 5th chapter:June 23 2016 call it what it is

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,

who put darkness for light and light for darkness.”

Rationalizing does not help us be better people.  The first step of turning away from sin is to see it for what it is.

Recognize the truth.

Be able to identify the truth and admit when we have not done the right thing.

No excuses.

No blame pointed at others.

When we are able to consistently call light ‘light’ and darkness ‘darkness’, we are letting the truth of God transform us.

This is the road of faith that God has called each of us to walk here on earth.  And God never leaves us on this road alone.  He walks beside us – guiding us and loving us.

Thank you, Abba Father.

We Lie to Ourselves

We rationalize things we do and say – giving ourselves excuses for bad behavior.

‘Well, I can gossip about this person because I know they are always saying bad things about me.”

“And I can do this mean thing to this other person because they are always mean to me.’June 23 2015 We lie to ourselves

“I can say this because it’s the truth.  It may sound mean, but it’s the truth.”

It may be the truth, but saying it at the wrong time and the wrong place is not love.

It’s not forgiveness.

It’s not how God calls us to react to the evil in this world.

We lie to ourselves.

We tell ourselves that whatever we want to do is ‘not that bad’.  Everyone does this and – it’s not like we’re murdering anyone!  Right?

It’s just a little bad.  I never said I was perfect.  Most of the time I’m good.

We talk ourselves into taking the wrong path.  The path that is evil in God’s sight.

We lie to ourselves.

Isaiah tells us, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,

who put darkness for light and light for darkness.”

Woe to us when we lie to ourselves.

Please help us know the truth and live the truth, Abba Father.

Call It What It Is

Today, as we read chapter 5, Isaiah looks us in the eye and says:

‘Trouble is coming to you who play with sin, acting like it’s not sin.

You’re deceiving yourselves.June 23 2014 Too Comfortable

You say that you don’t know what God, the Holy One of Israel, wants from you.”

(If Isaiah was in my livingroom right now, he would point at the Bible on my lap and tell me that I know 98% of what God wants me to know.  I just need to do it and God will tell me the rest as I go).

Isaiah says, ” You’re going to regret it whenever you call evil good.” ( we have a name for this – rationalization.)

“You will have trouble every time you say that darkness is light, every time you say that something bitter is actually sweet.

And you will regret every time you think you are wise and clever when the truth is – you’re not.”

Please help us stop the rationalizations, dear Father.