The Apostle Paul writing to the Romans some two thousand years ago sounds as if he is writing to America today, the year 2020.
Romans 1:21-32 From the Message Bible (Contemporary Language)
People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.
So God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them — the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes!
Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either — women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men — all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it — emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.
Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it’s not as if they don’t know better. They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care — worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!
Leading up to and including the last three years of American history our nation has slowly but surely became a nation of God haters much like the ones Paul wrote about in his letter to the Romans. Religion has allowed and even promoted much of the process. They have made God so invisible even those who would accept Him are blinded by the many false claims made by an ungodly institution. Religion will do or say anything that will keep their pews and coffers filled.
The latest presidential election saw this in full view. Religion and non-religion heard an ungodly voice speaking false claims so outrageous many people thought it a joke. Yet low and behold that voice was heard by millions of “believers” and they said yes while millions of others saw the absurdity of the claims and said no. The great nation was divided in a way we have never seen before. It was the religious right that made the difference between sanity and insanity at the Whitehouse. Seems as though God has said, “okay if that is what you want, that is what you shall have.”
The 2016 American Election saw the evangelical community exchange their much flaunted values for a prospect of making abortion illegal. Many claim abortion is the reason God has judged America. They cannot believe or see abortion is only a result of so many other un-Godly acts taking place across our nation.
When I read the Roman letter my mind’s eye can see today’s America in much the same condition. Sometimes word for word describing what we have become. Topping it all off with a president who embodies all of these qualities and even adds new ones to the list. Perhaps the president doesn’t know these qualities are ungodly. His lifestyle has always included ungodliness. Perhaps a true Christian can give him a pass because as a believer forgiveness is a requirement. For the religious establishment to accept and promote this behavior it is a real head-scratcher.
If they do get a reversal of “Roe vs Wade” the price paid far out weighs the benefits. A precedent has been established that will last far longer than a four or eight term of an incompetent president. Truth has been exchanged for lies. Division has replaced unity. Degrading others replacing acceptance. The list goes on and on. America continues on a downward spiral. Where will it end. Will we like other great nations succumb to the take over of another foreign power? This great, know-it –all president is leading us, but into what.
Even if no more abortions, then what? Can anyone be trusted ever again? Will our divisions be healed? Will hate and unacceptance be eliminated? Will the next leader move even deeper into depravity? Will God say, “well done America?”
America has more anti-Godliness than just abortion. Read the Roman letter again and see us as them. Are we “America the Beautiful”??