What a powerful message that Paul has delivered to the Romans.
When I picture those times during the Roman Empire, I imagine a society filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, depravity, envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice, gossips, slanderers, God haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful. They invent ways of doing evil, they disobey their parents, they are senseless, faithless, heartless, and ruthless.
But wait! These characteristics of the past can easily describe our world today.
“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
I for one do not want to go down that same path as the Romans. What was true then is true today. Romans 1:21 for although they know God, they neither glorified Him as God, nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
We as God’s people must learn from the past, we must not have hardened hearts and we must give God all of the glory and praise, or we could face the lesson of Romans 1:28.
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to the depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
It would become a hopeless situation but through Jesus, we do have hope. Amen!
It’s at this juncture I have a choice to make. I can go down with the path of what society’s norms say are acceptable, or I can trust and have faith that the Bible is the Living Word of God and follow His directives. I need to make a choice of one or the other, I cannot straddle both worlds.
For me the choice is obvious.