Today, we're finishing off Romans chapter 1.
Read the passage here...
18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.
28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.
This passage of scripture is deep, convicting and honestly says a lot about the generation we are presently living in.
There is no excuse
We live in a generation that says there is no God. A generation that does not know God. A generation that has made 'self' God, and has made up a God in its own image. However, the Bible makes it clear that there is no excuse...
Creation itself is enough to reveal who God is and what He is like. The fact there is a creation, means there has to be a creator. The fact that creation is orderly and beautiful, means that God has to be orderly and beautiful.
So, how can some people not see this?
Paul lays it out clearly. He essentially says, that at one point or another, we all knew God, but that a few things happen that lead a person to a place of supressing the truth in wickedness:
They do not worship Him as God.
They do not give Him the thanks He deserves.
They begin to think up foolish ideas about God (create their own version of God and think those who worship God are foolish).
Their minds become dark and confused.
They claim to be wise, but become utter fools.
They begin to worship the gods they create (idols/self/creation).
When a person gets to this state, God abandons them to do what their heart desires. It's here that Paul lists homosexual acts as some of the things people do once they trade the truth about God for a lie. It is a lifestyle that is rooted in pride and idolatry — It's not a coincidence then that the LGBTQIA+ movement is called "Pride" and that they "encourage others to do them, too" (v32).
God abandons the person who thinks it foolish to acknowledge Him. In that place, their life can only be filled with "every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip" (the list goes on), because God, who is good, has allowed them to have what they wanted — a life without Him; a life without truth.
To acknowledge God is to be foolish to the world. But to be wise in the world is to become an utter fool.
Which kind of fool do you want to be?
Are you prepared to exchange any lies you currently believe about God for the truth (even if you don't currently like it)?
When's the last time you gave God the thanks He deserves?
"For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God..." (1 Corinthians 3:19, NLT)
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