And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. Romans 1:28-32
The state of mankind devolves apart from the love of God. So does every man. That’s what Paul is describing in his letter to the Romans. He says that we first became futile in our speculations (leading to a darkened heart). Then, because we pursue the lusts of our heart, we practice impurity. Then, our degrading passions are expressed in sexual deviancy, including homosexuality. And finally, as we will not acknowledge God any longer, we experience one
terrible expression of His wrath, while being unaware of it, namely, abandonment! God gives us over to a depraved mind. That’s how we get “here” (to bad places as a person, community, state, or country). Of course, any person or nation who turns to God will experience His presence, blessing and power.
How have I responded to the love of God… in obedience? How am I acting as a sanctifying influence in my family, city, and country?
God, I know You are at work within my life. Please continue to save those around me from themselves. Help them see that we were made for this love relationship with you. I need you! America needs You!