Read Romans 1:16-25

 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.”  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth.

 

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse; for though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened.

 

Claiming to be wise, they became fools; and they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling a mortal human being or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.  Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.  (NRSV)

 

 —from Rev. Gary Patton, Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Huntington

 

     Think about the health scares we encounter.  News reports proclaim the frightening symptoms that occur with a virus, and then conclude with the stark reality that there is no cure.

 

    Paul has provided a detailed description of how ungodliness and  unrighteousness will be met with the wrath of God.  He made it clear that there is no remedy to the problem of sin and the foolishness that infects the souls of all people.  How stark are the words, “they are without excuse” (vs. 20).

 

    With a scenario like that, no wonder the Apostle declared with certainty and hope that he was not hesitant to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, “for it is the power of God for salvation to all who believe.” 

 

What great good news you have given to us, Lord!

Your power is at work in us as we believe.

Help our unbelief.

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