“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

“Don’t hurt the birds please!” I called out to a boy in the New York City park who was chasing after birds as he kicked out his foot over and again as though he would love nothing more than to kick and injure every bird he chased after.

No sooner had I called out to the boy and walked away with two of my ministry’s special needs doggies than a woman I suppose was the boy’s mother called out after me, “Mind your own business!” Rude. Angry. Mean. She was emphatic that I was not to tell her son please don’t injure the birds.

Know what this reminds me of? The Old Testament scripture above in which the Lord speaks of a time just like in our modern day world right now in which right is considered wrong and wrong is considered right. In which those who stand up for what is right are considered wrong, and are hated, rejected, and sometimes persecuted for it, and in which those who call wrong right are considered wonderful, fabulous, and praiseworthy.

Should we kick birds? No. Should we hurt people? No. For any and every time I have ever fallen short in loving and caring for people and animals with whom and with which I have crossed paths or had in my care, I have had to seek the Lord’s forgiveness and theirs also as He has led. I have had to take responsibility for what I have done wrong and to seek the Lord’s mercy and strength and grace to choose and learn to do what is right and pleasing in His eyes. Because He has taught me by His Spirit through His Word that He created people to love and worship and live for Him according to His ways rather than to love and worship and live for ourselves according to the world’s ways.

We can’t change the world, friend, but we can take responsibility for ourselves and do what’s right in God’s eyes, repent when we fall short, and humbly and lovingly albeit firmly as needed help others to do the same!

Lord, willing, the woman will repent, turn to Christ as Lord, raise her son according to God’s ways through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, and she and her son will stand up for Christ’s ways and help others to do the same!

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