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Ever had a strange dream where everything was backwards or completely the opposite of what it was really supposed to be? Perhaps, you may have heard of an old DC Comics called, “Bizarro World” which depicts such a place. I remember the characters of Seinfeld referring to that place when something was very odd or strange to them. The term itself has become synonymous with any situation or setting which is weirdly inverted or that is the opposite of expectation.According to UrbanDictionary.com, Bizzaro World is a realm where everything is reversed. Up is down, first is last, good is bad, wrong is right, white is black, logical is illogical, giving is taking, insanity is sane, liberty is tyranny, and vice versa. It’s a place where literally, the sky is forest green and the trees are sky blue. That is a pretty strange place, indeed!
Though Bizarro World may be a fictitious universe invented by comic book writers, it still has its roots based in reality. What is meant by this is that we human beings sometimes do just the opposite of what one might expect. Sometimes scenarios are completely reversed from what they should be. For example, how many times have you heard a politician say one thing and then turn around a few years later and say the exact opposite, all the while appearing to believe they had never contradicted themselves? How often does someone choose to do just the opposite of what they know they should have done? Has anyone ever told you they would do one thing but then did the reverse of what they had promised? I’m sure the answer to all of these is, yes, many times. The truth is, we live in a world where people are calling good things evil and evil things good. It’s now acceptable to be crude and hedonistic while being prudent and wholesome are rebuffed. What was once considered taboo has now become the norm. It would seem that Bizarro World isn’t as uncommon a place as one might have thought. How has this happened?
Consider what a prophet wrote some 2,700 years ago, “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). Doesn’t that sound exactly like what we are talking about here? What we are facing is not a new problem! Modern man’s conscience has simply been twisted and distorted so badly that it is difficult for him to tell what is genuine and what is false. However, no matter what the majority might say or think, God has not changed and never will. His standards have not been lowered and He still calls immorality a sin. The real truth of the matter is that man needs God in his life. Without God, man is simply a walking, talking contradiction compared to what He intended. Without God, man is a strange, confused and bizarre being!
The apostle Paul came to understand this about himself and wrote, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death,” (Romans 8:2). He went on to say, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God,” (Romans 12:2). Bizzaro World is a product of man’s own mind. The only way to escape it is through the life-changing, soul-saving power of the blood of Christ that puts everything in its rightful place, with God being at front and center.