God Gave Them Over (Romans 1:18-32, Judges 19:1-29)

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Man was created to worship God, but because of sin, we are tempted to turn from God and worship other things. When a person rejects God, they are choosing a path toward levels of debauchery and evil that they could never imagine. A person who persists in their rebellion against God will reach a point where God will relax His restraining hand on the wicked desires of his heart and allow him to pursue the fulfillment of all his lusts. God will give him “over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” (Romans 1:28) As they indulge their sinful lusts, they will begin to endure the natural consequences of their sin. They will “receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” (Romans 1:27) These truths are vividly displayed in Judges 19. This chapter of scripture is one of the most difficult to read because it shows us the natural and logical result of rejecting God and the truth of God’s word. When there is no absolute truth, and no one is accountable to anyone for their actions, a society inevitably descends into the depths of the most disgusting and repulsive behavior. Sadly, we see the same kinds of things taking place in our nation today. What God calls an abomination is celebrated and paraded down the streets of America. We are being led further and further astray by reprobate minds. With so much evil on full display, there has never been a greater opportunity for Christians to make a difference. We must first be sure that we are not letting the world influence us and spoil us with their godless philosophy. Then we must be salt and light, glorifying God by living and sharing the gospel.