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, ESV
Perhaps you have heard it said—I know that I have certainly heard it said on many occasions—that Jesus came to “usher in the Upside Down Kingdom”. The idea behind the phrase is that His ways are so different from the ways of the culture we are currently living in… that Jesus’ way of thinking is completely upside-down from how we naturally think and act. Of course, this is true. But while I can see how that idea is helpful, ultimately I don’t like that phrase.
You see, Jesus did not come to usher in the “Upside Down Kingdom”. We are currently living in the “Upside Down Kingdom”.
Jesus’ Kingdom is Right-Side Up!
He did not come to turn us A and to show us how to live in ways that are unnatural to us. He came to turn us BACK to God, to position us like we were in the beginning. He came to show us who we really are! Following God is not unnatural. Walking with God is exactly what we were created to do. There really is no more natural thing that we could do!
We were created to follow Him. We were created to be in relationship with Him. When we walk with Him, when we do what we see Him doing, we are living in the Right-Side Up Kingdom!
Sadly, this world has a knack for calling evil good and good evil. Darkness is called light, and light is called darkness. Sweet is called bitter and bitter is thought of as sweet. But let us never forget who is right, lovely, pure, and true.
Perhaps the Apostle Paul said it best in his letter to the Philippians:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8–9, ESV)
Friends, we are living in the Upside-Down kingdom. But Jesus is calling us to join him in the Right-Side-Up Kingdom. He is calling us to walk out of the Kingdom of Darkness, and into the Kingdom of Light.
If you find yourself looking around, paying attention to the out-of-control whims of this current culture, and thinking to yourself, “Something just doesn’t seem right…” Well, you’re on to something. Jesus is calling you to Himself, to the truth, to the light. The only question that remains is… Will you stay in the upside-down-kingdom where good is evil and evil is good, or will you run with everything that you have towards Jesus, who is the way and the truth and the life?