Paul conveys God’s truth in these two verses about one of today’s burning “lifestyle” issues. Looking at this truth together may allow acceptance of the role we play—taking comfort...
Paul conveys God’s truth in these two verses about one of today’s burning “lifestyle” issues. Looking at this truth together may allow acceptance of the role we play—taking comfort knowing “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9b), comfort that God’s game plan is written, and comfort that we have meaningful choices to live it out—or not.
My heart is convicted that my individual choice(s) impact the world. I believe Paul tells us this in today’s passage. The role I played for 25 years was filled with agit(ation), intoxic(ation), fornic(ation), and idoliz(ation) rooted in false beliefs that God didn't love me, His written game plan shouldn't inform every life decision, and my personal choices didn't impact the whole world. Working to impact political systems in this n(ation) provided distractions necessary to keep me from seeking wisdom dispelling my false beliefs about God.
I see clearly what Paul tells us. I am part and parcel of this passage. I didn't live a Christ-centered life, lead my family biblically, or diligently share truth and wisdom with my worldly community. I am part of “For this reason” in Romans 1:26.
God loves us so much He chose to provide His reasons. He provided them directly twice, by Jesus 18 times, twice through Luke, 23 times through Paul, once through Peter, and three times through John. Generally, peoples’ actions give rise to an outcome (cause and effect). He loves us enough to not interfere; He will give us over to our desires.
Should I begin to look down my nose at hurting people suffering through a same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion season, I pray I encounter the circle I have drawn around myself and immediately look inside to remind myself of the role I played in “For this reason God gave them up to . . . ." “And He was saying, 'That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within . . . .” (Mark 7:20-21, NASB). Do my lips proclaim: God is good, He loves me, and He desires me to be reconciled to Him?