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 (ESV)

So often we want to be liked. It is part of going along to get along. Be kind to others, be respectful, try to get along, and ultimately try to be liked. Our society pushes us in that direction.

But let me ask you a question. Would you rather be liked by those around you or loved by God?

It shouldn’t be binary, but it is. It is because often there are those around us who want us to do things, think things, say things, or accept things that we know, deep down, are wrong. They violate God’s will. The world makes it so easy. We can keep silent or be agreeable and we can get along. We can coast through life without deep water or rapids.

But that is not faith. Christ told us to “go.” We are to go make disciples. We won’t make disciples if we go along with the world, agreeing that up is down and down is up.

Christ compels us to love. Calling evil good and good evil is not loving. It is wanting to be loved by the world.

A Christian should want to be loved by God, not liked by the world. One day, it will be that binary. Take comfort from God’s own word and know for sure you do not want to be on the side of woe.