In the Apostle Paul’s first chapter in his letter to the Romans, he writes specifically about mankind’s behavior in the last days.
In part he proclaims, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind.” Most translations used the word ‘reprobate’ for ‘a debasedmind.’
As I read the news this morning, I couldn’t help but seeing a direct correlation between the headlines from this morning, September 28, 2109, and Paul’s description of a reprobate mind.
Here is a sampling …
White students called a 10-year-old black girl the N-word as they beat her up on a bus, court documents say
Princeton grad who killed his father after his allowance was cut gets 30 years to life
A man accused of attacking a real estate agent in California groped 4 other women, police say
Mattel just launched a gender-inclusive doll line
Jeffrey Epstein flew to Virgin Islands with 11, 12-year-old girls in 2018, witness says
Trailblazing Sikh deputy shot and killed during Texas traffic stop
Florida man’s murder plot against wife backfires after he’s paralyzed
91-year-old widower attacked while visiting late wife's grave
'Joker' spurs security precautions from US Army and LAPD
Harvard faculty member finds hateful note about her ethnicity on her office door
Man sentenced to jail over mass shooting threat at Los Angeles fair
Authorities arrest 'possible serial gunman' in Texas after 4 similar shootings
Woman, 23, arrested on charge of murder after allegedly running boyfriend over with car
Man charged with bias crimes in connection to smashing windows of East African-owned businesses
11 people charged with defrauding Minnesota Medicaid program
Third man charged with drug counts in Mac Miller's death
Doctor facing life in prison for thousands of opioid doses
$6,000 in stolen quarters found in California baby stroller
God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
Therefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise, also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32, NKJV)
It’s hard to face the headlines each day. Granted, I do believe that the mainstream press is more focused on crummy stuff that appeals to the masses. And, unfortunately, you will find similar kinds of headlines no matter the day.
As Christians, we must remain steadfast in basic principles like daily Bible ready, attending our local church, participating in fellowship, and, of course, constant prayer.
These are the weapons we must use to combat an increasingly unsettled culture.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-22, NKJV)