Who determines "Normal?"by David Baird on 03/17/12
of my favorite verses in the Bible is Isaiah 5:30 that warns us about people
who "call evil good & good evil," who "put darkness for
light & light for darkness," and who " put bitter for sweet &
sweet for bitter." In other words, beware of people who try to
define normal with things that are not.
Today, we are constantly bombarded with a "new normal."
we are told what it is “normal” to do:
Many try to define “new normal” regarding our sexuality. Young people are encouraged to have sex before marriage. Schools hand out condoms to have “safer sex.” Counselors take children to abortion clinics without parental consent. Society suggests its okay to live together before marriage to see if "it's right." But research shines the light on the foolishness of these ideas. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.
Many suggest that it’s “Your choice” to make and the consequences of that “choice” don’t matter. Have an abortion…it’s your choice. Love & cherish a person of the same sex…it’s your choice. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.
Hollywood produces TV shows and movies that are full of inappropriate language, nudity, and violence selling it as art. Images that society would not have allowed on our airwaves 50 years ago are not commonplace even on children’s programming. Woe to those who put darkness for light and light for darkness.
Next, we are told what it is not “normal” to do:
You can’t pray in school. You can’t mention God @ graduation. And, as a result of taking morality out of our schools, kids are being raised amoral. Human Secularism is the new normal perpetuated in the education culture. Research bears out the foolishness of this “new normal.” Woe to those who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
At Christmas, a holiday to celebrate Jesus birthday, it’s now “normal” to say “Happy Holidays” in place of “Merry Christmas.” It’s now normal to decorate your yard with Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph in place of The Nativity. Woe to those who call good evil and evil good.
During the 2011-2012 football season, pundits tried to convince us that it was not normal to mix faith & football. Tebowing was not normal. Being a player of high moral character was not preferred over drug addicts, dog fighters, or wife beaters. It just wasn’t normal to be humble, to remain pure, and to give glory to God. Woe to those who put darkness for light and light for darkness.
If you are like me, you should feel “abnormal” when compared to the world. In fact, the Bible suggested that you should be “in the world but not of it” and that you would in fact be an “alien.” No, the place to go for what normal should be, is not society or culture, but the place to go is God’s Word. Research will bear out the wisdom of this decision!