The first chapter in Romans discusses something that is very disturbingly real today. Many people warn that if we keep going the way we are that God will have wrath upon us. Brothers and Sisters that wrath is already here. This country started out great with God’s Love and Grace all around us even though our Ancestors did the original inhabitants wrong (of which there really is no excuse), we had made this country a refuge from persecution. Then our forefathers expanded out west and in the process destroyed, built, killed, civilized, and converted, all in the name of freedom while also sharing the gospel. We set up towns, churches, abbeys, monasteries, as well as places of ill repute. People still ask, “Where did we go wrong?”
Slavery, rape, murder, economic wars, lust (body and heart), greed, mental disorders due to unnatural things being willingly taken into our bodies, immorality, do I have to go on.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Because we have fallen as a country, as a world, God’s wrath is upon us. We clearly see the beauty of God’s creation everywhere we go. We also see the difference between taking care of it and destroying it. Only one of those actions is commanded by God. God has shown us a right way of living but those men filled with a lust and greed for power have created the current world we live in. We have made greed our idol. Instead of the wrath being on one country or one section of humanity, it is on all of us. Because of man, the truth is suppressed. Now we can take it to one incident or many but the fact is that we have failed our Father. We have to question whether or not we should help. Some that receive the help use deception to achieve it while those who are seriously in need go without and struggle.
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
Sexual revolution anyone? First there was the nudes in magazines then psychedelic drug fueled freedom of sexual desires which gave birth to pornography. Adulterated sexual encounters which are supposed to be intimate expressions in secret between husband and wife were put on a screen for everyone above 18 to see.
26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
If I have to explain this one, something is wrong. This is what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah (S and G), Rome, Greece, and other cultures. The other sins came first. S and G were not punished only for their immorality, they were given into the behavior because all the sins prior to led up to that. They could no longer see the truth so they were destroyed either by God or an instrument of His (Radical Islam anyone). There would be an embracing of those who would eventually defeat or enslave them (Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon).
28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
Does this sound familiar? Doing what is right in our own eyes. Killing and stealing for fun, showing nakedness, greed, being wanton of material things, all part of society today. Using fame to push sinful ideas upon mankind, openly showing violence and adulterous sex like it is ok to do these things. Once again we are gearing up for God’s wrath, it is here. But we have one thing all these others did not. We have a personal relationship with Christ who taught us a right way of living. All we have to do is believe in Him, have a living faith in following His ways, trust in Him. He warned us this would happen. He gave us the tools to prepare for it. He also gave us the tools to head off the wrath at the pass. And what have we done, embraced the evils of this world while trying to stay in Christ. We cannot serve God and Mammon (found in Matthew and Luke). If you are so attached to wealth or other materialistic things, give them away to remove the obstacle to your spiritual life. Use it to benefit others through service to God and our fellow man.
We do not judge but speak kindly without letting the sinful nature of others intrude in our lives. To not be taken in to pleasing a sinner by saying it is okay for that is hindering yourself. Loving the person and letting the Holy Spirit work through your loving kindness is the best way. Do not approve of another’s sin for that makes you just as guilty.
The time for action is past. We must now be vigilant in our faith to bring others back to God. For some it may be too late. Pray for them that they may see the light instead of the darkness of the separation from God. Protect yourself from falling into sin. Find your refuge in God’s Word and His loving arms.
Find your strength in God’s Word. Scripture is His teachings, His story which we must follow. His is not a fantasy, it is a stark reality of things have past and things that will happen. The outcome is set in stone but the timing is unknown. How many more chances will we get? The choice is yours. Amen