Friday, January 23, 2009

God's Wrath on Unrighteousness

(Did this one waiting to pick up Cass from school yesterday. It was such a lovely day!)

The following verses are going to be pretty lengthy, but how do you cut back on Paul's words. I couldn't decide on any verses that I didn't want to include, so here goes:

Romans 1:18-32 (NASB)

18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
20For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
21For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
24Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.
25For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,
27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
28And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
29being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,
30slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
31without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;
32and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

WOW! These verses are so... today! It's like Paul is writing to the United States of America 2009 instead of Rome. We are a country founded on Christian precepts. We know the Law, and yet we break it. We know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. Yet, we accept what is wrong as right in order to remain politically correct. God is not politically correct. He is just.

This country is so in need of You! That's it, plain and simple. We are a country in need of its Savior. So many wrongs are being accepted as okay, normal, and right just so people can live as they choose instead of living righteously. Turn our hearts back to you, God. Strenghten your Church so that we can be salt and light in this country shrouded by darkness. Let us bring glory and honor to you and live lives that are pleasing to you.

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