Well, hello to you too…
So you remember how Paul was all cheer and sounded so excited to be in Rome with his “peeps?” Starting in 1:18 he completely flips the tables. The good feelings are gone. Imagine a relative you haven’t seen in forever coming to visit. For months ahead you have been talking about how excited you are to see them. How you can’t wait to spend time together and share good news with each other. Then, the day comes! As you open the door to them, instead of getting hugs and smiles, your visitor starts off with “Why are you so wicked??”
That’s the feeling I got from Paul as I read verses 18-32. He wastes absolutely no time in telling the Romans how, we as believers and unbelievers alike, have turned our backs on God and have done and encouraged anything and everything, except what is pleasing to God. Talk about a bit of a downer!
As I read through it a second time the thought of “I blame Adam and Eve….” ran through my head. Then I remembered how they themselves wanted to put the blame on someone/something else also. None of us, not one, is safe from committing sin and upsetting the will of our creator. Whether we actually commit the sin ourselves or we stand by quietly while we witness these acts being committed…we’re sinning. Our sole purpose in life is to bring glory to God and to spread the gospel. Not to do good and then give up when the going gets tough or just do what we’re comfortable doing.
It’s not to appear “cool” or “in.” It’s not to turn a blind eye to the obvious evil and disobedience. We are commanded by God to do certain things and when we don’t we bring the wrath of God upon us. Thankfully, with Jesus’ precious gift of himself, I am forgiven of my sins and of all the times I fail to follow God’s commands. However, I also know that I can do a lot better than I am. I think this is what Paul’s intention is….he just doesn’t sugar coat it. (I like sugar….)
Simply reading out the list of things that we do/are made me squirm a bit. I saw myself in some of them. To know that almost 2000 years later we haven’t changed much made me want to hang my head in shame. In some of them we have grown worse, much worse (homosexuality, boasters, backbiters, debate, deceit, whisperers…to name a few). It makes me that much more thankful for Jesus, because without him, I’m afraid that God would have wiped the slate clean again by now.
All that being said, I’m a bit nervous to read on in chapter 2, but I know that Paul has a powerful message to give, that is given with love from a good God!
On a cheerful note…because, again, I like sugar….I am so anxious to have tomorrow come! Another Sunday spent with our church family and fellowshipping AND it means one more day closer to when my husband will finally be home!!!Tags: God, Guilty World, Lies, paul, Romans, sin, Truth
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