Upside Down


Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own opinion and clever in their own sight. Isa. 5:20-21

¬†Except for that episode of the Brady Bunch when Beebe Gallini asked Mike Brady to design her factory in the shape of a fluffy powder puff (Season 1, Episode 16), it’s the craziest building I’ve ever seen. And it’s not on Nick at Nite; it’s in Poland. In 2006, Daniel Czapiewski headed up a project to build an entire house upside-bradybunchdown as an artistic statement about the state of the world. The house took 114 days to build, instead of the estimated 3 weeks, because the construction workers were so disoriented by the weird angles of the walls that they kept getting dizzy and confused and needed extra coffee breaks. They powered through and got the thing built, though. Now, thousands of people have visited the place. Their experience has been no different than the workers who built it – many say they feel dizzy within minutes of being inside. Well done, Mr. Czapiewski – upside down is just not right.

It reminds me of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, when Alice said, “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrariwise, what it is, it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would.” The truth is, we do have a world we call our own, and everything is what it isn’t. I mean, it isn’t what it is, but we think it is anyway. Confused? Reread Isaiah 5:20,21 for some clarity. He warns Alice and the rest of us about embracing such nonsense. He’s saying, “Woe to those who substitute right-side up for upside-down.”

We can be so far off in our own thinking that our conclusions about good and evil are the exact opposite of truth. But we have right-side up at our fingertips, so that’s no excuse. God’s Word lets us know the difference. We can go ahead and power through with the support of the whole world, redefining morality as we see fit; but God’s perspective is the only one that matters. Culture will never define truth. Circumstances will never define truth. Feelings will never define truth. People will never define truth. God alone defines truth, and He owes us no explanation about that. Francis Chan put it this way: “Can you worship a God who isn’t obligated to explain His actions to you? Could it be your arrogance that makes you think God owes you an explanation?” Can you worship a God who doesn’t determine what is true and right by popular vote? Can you worship a God whose perspective doesn’t change with your feelings or time or circumstance? It’s the only way to stay right-side up.

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