October 5, 2018

Romans 1:32… Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

            What are “such things” that Paul writes about? They are listed in the previous verses:

Verse 29-31… They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, and malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventers of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, and ruthless.

            That reads like a description of the evening news. When Soap Operas first came on TV, I didn’t watch them. Maybe I tried one, but they were evil as far as I could tell. They show-cased things that we wouldn’t even talk about. Things like adultery, murder and fornication. By putting them in the middle of our homes, on a screen, they made us numb to them. We were essentially vaccinated with evil. Notice the change of verbs in the first two sentences above… “They were filled” and “They are full”. It changed from past tense to present tense. What are you full of? Do you long for shows like “Leave it to Beaver” or are you more drawn to “Modern Family”?  Are you more entertained by cop shows or by circus acts? How has TV impacted you? And then there is the unasked question, “Do you need to be entertained?” The warning of verse 32 is, “Are you entertained by these things?” When you watch a TV show you are approving the show… The producers can show the advertisers that they have a certain audience and with a big audience a show will survive. By watching, we give approval. Today’s writing hits each of us where we live. If you are uncomfortable, take a break. But, I will preach on. I heard a woman describe a certain church service as “more entertaining”. What fuels that argument? Our desire for entertainment.

Verse 18 (part 2)… Who by their unrighteousness suppress the Truth.

            Have you ever thought about that?