“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 NKJV).
“Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man – and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves” (Romans 1:22-24).
One does not have to be in Nepal for very long to become aware that the view of divinity held by the majority its people is drastically different from that considered normal in most of Europe and North America. Many who are raised in those latter cultures think of paganism, idolatry, and polytheism to be things of the ancient past. They do not realize that billions in the modern world continue to practice those forms of religion.
God’s perception of idolatry is clearly stated in the Bible. Idols are corruptions of the divine nature (Romans 1:22ff), impotent creations of foolish men (Psalm 115:4-8), and are abominations to God (1 Kings 11:7). Those who worship and serve them are calling evil good and replacing the sweet (God Almighty) with the bitter (the lies of false gods).
It is also clear that one does not have to go to the other side of the world to find the practice of idolatry, or to hear good called evil and evil good. One may commit idolatry by becoming covetous (Colossians 3:5) or by placing some person, practice, or thing above God in his or her affections (Matthew 10:37; 19:21-22). Worshipping the material instead of the spiritual is as commonplace and evil today as it has ever been.
As I think about these things I cannot but expand their application to embrace a modern enthusiasm in our country. That is the fascination with the world of fantasy, and the obsession of many with mythical creatures of that world. I am speaking of zombies, werewolves, vampires and other fictional representatives of the realm of the “undead” and / or the demonic realm.
Movies, television series, video games, and books featuring these beings have exploded over the past two or three decades. Certainly they were featured in such media long before this period, but now they have achieved acceptability and even a kind of hero worship by many. No longer are vampires and were-wolves evil beings to be feared, avoided, or defeated. In many modern stories they are the main protagonists who are identified with and admired by the viewer or reader.
In light of the passages quoted previously I find this disturbing. No good comes from confusing evil and good. When we begin to enjoy relating to bad things or admiring evil beings we have already turned our value system upside down. One may call evil good, but that does not make it true. What it does create is a person deceived and entrapped by that which he or she has accepted. Their end is only tragic.