Scripture to reflect upon for Wisdom Wednesday: Romans 1:20 (The Message)
But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is!
Yesterday I discussed the notion that atheists do believe in God, they just hate Him. Romans 1:18-25 proves that point nicely. God sometimes turns people over to their sin, such as atheists. He allows them to be miserable, greedy and hateful, because they have turned their backs on Him in a very vile and blasphemous way.
Want your wisdom for today? Stop believing the world’s way of following God, because the very simple and basic “reality” of God is out in the open and plain enough to see. You just have to willingly open your eyes to see it! Why are you still living life with your eyes closed?
God is not a cookie cutter, magic eight ball. He doesn’t change the rules for you. However, He is a very tolerant God, despite what the world will tell you. He tolerates a lot of sin and disgusting behaviors in order for us to be forgiven and made whole again. He is tolerant towards idols and adultery. He is tolerant towards criminal acts and unjust verdicts. Why? He is merciful. Because in the end, those who have done such awful things will reveal the glory of God through a life-changing transformation that can never be denied or ignored. Once you know Jesus it’s impossible to reject His existence and power. God declares, "Like Adam, they have broken the covenant" (Hosea 6:7). Woe to them when I turn away from them! (9:12). But God is merciful: "My heart is changed within me. All my compassion is aroused. I will not carry out my fierce anger" (11:8-9).
Two things are happening with believers: 1. they believe the Word of God but use it to justify a hateful behavior towards sinners; 2. they believe bits and pieces of the Word and become overly tolerant of sin, thus agreeing with the sin in order to be on the side of the sinner.
You have become either a sign-carrying protestor, or you’ve become a lover of sin. Well, I’m saying you shouldn’t be either. Jesus loves the sinner, not the sin; and He did not die for certain sins, but rather all sins. We need to love others during their sin, pray for them, and listen carefully to Paul’s words to the Romans: “It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts Him” (vv. 16, The Message). We need to speak God’s Truth to those who need it most.
God’s Truth is this: He is clearly a reality that even atheists inadvertently admit. He can be seen everywhere, and if you’re not seeing it, you’re not looking. Show the world how to see the Living God. Be their eyes and be their hope. We need to be tolerant as God is tolerant. We need to be forgiving as God is forgiving. We need to love as God loves. But don’t confuse tolerance with accepting sin as an oversight on God’s behalf thinking you, of all people, know better than God Himself. If the bible says it’s a sin, you have got to take God’s Word over the world’s word: it’s still a sin.
We can’t proclaim the Good News if the news is inaccurate and convenient. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 15:13: "Every tree that wasn't planted by my Father in heaven will be pulled up by its roots. Forget them. They are blind men leading blind men. When a blind man leads a blind man, they both end up in the ditch."
NOTE TO SELF: God didn’t save your soul so you could live a cushy life looking down on others playing judge and jury. He saved your soul so you could be a witness and testimony to His healing, deliverance, and eternal hope.