But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust, wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over the truth. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see… So nobody has a good excuse.
What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.
So God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshipped the god they made instead of the God who made them…
Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either- women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men- full of lust. And they paid for it, oh how they paid for it- emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.
Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-haters, bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives… And it’s not as if they don’t know any better. They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care- worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!
Sound familiar? If Romans 1:18-32 doesn’t describe our modern era, then I don’t know what does. We applaud those who behave the worst. We turn our world upside down to accommodate deviance and perversion. We shame and scold traditional values. We tolerate what God has called intolerable. And we are surprised when all hell breaks loose.
We need to repent as a nation and come back to God. Only through repentance will we ever find satisfaction with this life. This is why we needed a Savior. We needed to be saved from our own wretched, filth. We needed to be saved from the bad choices we made. It is because we CHOSE SIN that we are destined for hell. And Jesus died to rescue us from that horrible consequence.
Thank you Jesus for dying for our sins. We are astonished at our own sinfulness. We are astonished that you would still love us. We honor you as God and put you in your rightful place above all. We crown you with thanks and worship! Good Friday is indeed good… for us.