It seems that every generation of children has a way of repeating many of the same games and activities as the previous ones. Granted, some of their activities are intended to tease and frustrate others—which was exactly the case the other day at my home. One of the games my children play is to mimic one another, repeating everything someone else says or does. The first child tells the other, “Stop it,” and the other repeats this with the same manner and tone. I have to admit, as a kid, I found this game pretty fun and effective…as long as I was the one doing the mimicking. Otherwise, it was as frustrating as trying to climb a greased pole.
Another game we played was “Opposite Day,” where we said exactly the opposite of what we meant. For example, I might have said, “I’m not hungry,” when, in fact, I meant I am starving. Or, more commonly, I might have said to a sibling, “I don’t like you,” when I meant that I really did.
I always thought of Opposite Day as a kid’s game, but it is actually more pervasive than most realize. The Day has arrived when things that were once commonly known to be evil are now considered to be good. It is as if light has become darkness, and darkness, light; bitter has become sweet, and sweet, bitter.
Here are some of the Opposite Day realities we now commonly experience.
– God says, “If you love me you will obey me.”
The World says, “If you love me, you will let me do anything I want to do.”
– God says, “Be holy as I am holy.”
The World says, “Do your own thing, as long as you are happy.”
– God says, “Marriage is between one man and one woman.”
The World says, “Anything goes.”
– God says, “Everyone has only one life, and then we die.”
The World says, “There is such a thing as reincarnation, so you will live again.”
– God says, “All mankind has sinned and deserves death.”
The World says, “You’re really not that bad of a person.”
– God says, “Accept Jesus, My son, the perfect sacrifice for your sin.”
The World says, “What sin? You don’t need Jesus.”
The list could go on and on. Every follower of Christ must be clear in separating themselves from the ways of the world, and not being sucked in by “Opposite Day.”