Right-Side Up in an Upside Down World

There was an article published in March 2013 about a woman who literally sees the world upside down. Council worker Bojana Danilovic, from Serbia, sees everything upside down because of an extremely rare condition that causes her brain to process images backwards, called “spatial orientation phenomenon.” And so she’s learned to adapt and manipulate her environment as much as is in her control – she uses a special upside down computer screen, reads newspapers upside down, has a TV that’s balanced on its top while the rest of her family watches from another right-side-up TV. What’s amazing is that there’s nothing wrong with her eyes; it’s her brain telling her that things are backwards when they are not.

It might be a surprise to most people that we see with our brain, not with our eyes. Our eyes function like a camera in that they capture light and send information back to the brain. And so the brain has to interpret this information that our eyes send in order for us to see. And so there’s this amazing cooperation between eye and brain and the way it works is that the eye will receive an image and then it will reverse that image in the retina. In other words, our eyes see everything upside down. Then it’s up to the brain to take that upside down image that the eyes processed and revert it right-side-up again. Simply put, there is a difference between what the eye sees and what the brain sees.

We live in an upside down world that thinks it is right-side up. The distinction between what is right and what is wrong is becomingly increasingly blurred. Right seems wrong and wrong seems right. God’s righteous view of marriage and what constitutes and defines it has been changed and redefined – turned upside down. What was once a God-centered worship has now been turned around to a man-centered worship. “Let’s worship how we want; what makes us feel good – whatever pleases us, that’s what we’ll do!” A baby’s life can be taken before it has the chance to see his or her mama for the first time and we call it a choice. Homosexuality is no longer a sin but an alternative lifestyle. Drunkenness is just something to laugh off, but it’s not a sin. It’s not fornication; it’s expressing your love. It’s not adultery; it’s having an affair. It’s not greed; it’s being a good businessman. It’s not a lie; it’s a fib. It’s not sin; it’s sickness. It’s not evil; it’s good.

It’s in this type of environment – a backwards world – that a right-side up person seems upside down. Why does this world increasingly condemn Bible-based Christianity in its purest form? It doesn’t fit. In other words, Jesus doesn’t “fit” in this world and neither should you if you call yourself “Christian.” Because what Jesus taught was so contradictory to our understanding of what we think life ought to be.

It’s no wonder that so few in our generation follow the ways of Jesus, because in a generation that has such a problem with authority – being told what to do and how to live – “[Jesus] taught them as one having authority” (Mt. 7:29). In a generation where we like to praise and not condemn, Jesus condemned not only wrong conduct but the wrong motives (Mt. 15:8). In a generation that opposes labeling anybody for fear of offending, Jesus boldly calls out the hypocritical leading religious party of His day (Mt. 23:13, 15, 16, 23, 25, 27, 29). In a generation that favors motivation, praise, and reward, Jesus, while offering rewards, didn’t hesitate to threaten with “hell fire” (Mt. 5:22; 23:15). In a short-sighted generation that seeks instant gratification, Jesus calls for the sacrifice of this life for the next (Mt. 16:25). In a constantly-changing generation, everything’s relative, there are no absolute guidelines for morality, Jesus spoke in absolutes: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Mt. 7:21). In a generation that applauds a broad-minded, progressive, liberal, tolerant approach to religion, and seeks the easy way, Jesus teaches that such leads to destruction and there many who will go there, “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Mt. 7:13-14).

Some say that Jesus’ teachings were ideal for that first century, but too unrealistic to fit this generation. This is where they’re wrong because the teachings of Jesus didn’t fit that first century generation either. In fact, Jesus’ teachings weren’t intended to fit in ANY generation. Why? Because a right-side up teaching never fits in an upside down world.

Just like our physical eyes and brain, we must walk this life not how WE see it – for we are only capable of seeing backwards; but we must walk by our “brain” – how our Father in Heaven “sees.” How well do you fit into this world?

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2Cor. 5:7

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Ro. 10:17




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