A Romans 1 Culture

October 2023

   My pastor is preaching through Romans. This past Sunday, the sermon was on Romans 1, verses 24-32. While I am very familiar with this passage of Scripture, as I read and listened, I was struck anew with the idea that when people reject God on purpose, their thinking becomes basically out of control.

   Paul says because people didn’t see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a reprobate or debased mind to do what ought not be done.  He then enumerates some sins — highlighting all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice, envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. Paul says these people are gossipers, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

   Perhaps it’s because of what was announced recently and is taking place now in our state that these specific truths especially arrested my attention.

   Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announcing that effective September 11, they will resume doing abortions at their Madison and Milwaukee facilities must qualify as an “unrighteous thing.” Since abortion is the intentional killing of an unborn child, we are also talking about murder and evil. We might even be able to add that this is an “invention of evil.”

   Given t ...

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