Sunday Devotional – Calling Evil “Good”
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!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!
~Isaiah 5:20-21 NKJV
For me, this scripture has two lessons.
It explains some of the reasons why I have to be careful about what I put before my eyes – both with movies, reading, and writing.
It’s also good wisdom to follow with your actual writing.
Our responsibility as writers, especially when we’re helping other writers, is to not be deceptive about their skill. If their writing is better than ours, we should readily admit it, and be honest when we don’t know how to help them improve any further. That means it is time for them to find a new person to look over that particular piece, because fresh eyes are always helpful.
It means that when a writer needs improvement, we let them know (gently and tactfully!), rather than encourage them to think that everything is fine and have them embarrass themselves publicly.
It means being careful about what you write, and why you write it, because the minds that will read our words are impressionable.
Especially if they’re children.