For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;
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.
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.
They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,
slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
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 like today? Do we hear the same in our news, read it online, see it practiced in front of us and our children?
“…women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; …”
“…men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, …”
Because of this…Paul starts with this and lays all that he describes at the root of denying God, serving the creature – self – rather than God and exchanging truth for a lie. And so we know and see the condition of man without God. The list goes on: covetousness, malice, envy. And we hear voices wanting to take from those who have and give to those who don’t without consideration for who put out the effort to achieve. Does that qualify as envy and covetousness? There’s more: slanderers, deceit gossips, heartless, ruthless. Sounds like a political campaign!! What about: faithless, insolent, haughty, boastful, descriptors that easily fit many of our ‘idols’, celebrities. Is this what we want for our society, our nation, our children? How much better to be sure to stay in touch with God. We will be faithful not faithless, humble not haughty or boastful. We can because we know the Lord, we do not deny His lordship. Blessed be the name of the Lord.