“These who have turned the world upside down have come here too” (Acts 17:6).
This was the charge leveled against Paul and Silas in Thessalonica. It seems beyond belief that any man or two men could so affect the world that the people said, “They’re turning the world upside down.” Personally, I might re-phrase it to say, “These men are turning the world right-side up”.
There are people who live their whole life and the world doesn’t even know they’re alive. There are Christians who seem to have absolutely no effect on anything around them. But here are two people of whom the world said, “They’ve turned us upside down.” Somebody once said, “There are people who watch things happen, and there are people who make things happen. Then there are people who don’t know what’s happening.” These two men were people who made things happen. They were unwilling to accept things as they were. They took action.
Could it be that the world is getting worse and worse because so many of us are people who don’t know or care what’s happening? This seems especially true if it is something that doesn’t directly affect us. A life of indifference lowers the moral climate of the world in which we live. “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).
In this morally upside down world, even our feeble attempts to help are often misdirected. Ezra Taft Benson had the right perspective: “The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ would take the slums out of people, and then they would take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.”
Hear the Lord’s Word for us in this upside down world: “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 NKJV).
~ Brother Roy