Romans 1:28-32 – “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” NKJV
Each day as various newscasts, newspapers, blogs, articles, and websites detail the happenings within our society, cities, and various nations around the world I come to an arresting realization. I realize that man is not getting better but the conditions in our world are growing darker by the day. Here in Romans 1, the apostle Paul is addressing the unrighteousness of man and the wrath of God displayed toward it. As I read this chapter I shudder thinking how like our present world this description is and if God’s wrath burned hot then how much more now?
In today’s Politically Correct world we are told, and it will soon become mandated, by federal law, that we must subject our core convictions to the will of various groups who discount the Bible and call good those things God calls an abomination. If that transpires we will be told that if we speak against sin, we have engaged in hate speech. If we refuse to accommodate the practices that violate our convictions, we face a swift and severe penalty of law. There will soon come a time when we must decide whether we will incur the wrath of man or the judgment of God and choose which path we will follow.
There are those in today’s world that resent even the mention of the God of the Bible and whose minds have become so debased they are vile, corrupt, and engage in continual blasphemy. Sadly, there are those within Christendom who condone, excuse and justify those who practice sexual immorality, all forms of evil as Paul’s list details. Excusing sin and remaining silent when the core values of the Bible are trashed and trampled underfoot is, in my view, equal to those who do practice those lifestyles.
There comes a time in any society when God will give people over to their evil passions and desires. We have come to a time when many have had their consciences seared as with a hot iron and no longer feel any remorse. We have entire segments who no longer value human life and have no respect for the Bible or God. Our world has become an increasingly more dangerous place and I tremble for the generations yet to rise to adulthood. What kind of world will they encounter should God allow this world to continue?
There is a remedy for the problems of our world and that is Jesus. Someone said, “Come to Jesus and your problems are over.” The truth is that when we come to Jesus, we just entered the battlefield of life, and as He declared we become hated by the world. Jesus will not remove all problems from one’s life but will afford a peace that is unknown to the world. Amid the perilousness of our day, we can walk in perfect peace and with supernatural power. Man, as a whole, is not getting better but the Church of Jesus Christ is beginning to shake herself and is about to rise in power!
God bless you as you go through this day!