So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each others bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself(i.e money,material things,fame), who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.(emptiness, diseases et co)
Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 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!
Romans 1:21-32(A combination of the nlt and the message and emphasis from me)
I read this and i was like, wow, this is us... this generation. Paul wrote this according to the records in AD 56, and here we are today... feels like he's just picked up another magazine, or seen another movie or walked the street and come home in despair to write this on his blog in 2011.
And one of the wisest men to ever live wrote in Ecclesiastes 1:9(nlt) "History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new" So as appalling as the behavior of people seem to get with each new day, it really isn't new, its been done before, every single thing...
and this scripture has transcended cultures and countries and time, it's speaking to us again, trying to wake us up.....
*sigh* We'll keep praying for grace, for mercy, for love to endure long enough for us realize whats been handed to us and to appreciate it and wake up from the deadly slumber of death.
I've got little girls... well kid sisters of friends on my twitter timeline and my gosh, the things they say, my heart breaks for them, i was discussing with a friend a week ago and he said the social network has made people animals(well not his words) i told him, there's always been ravaging animals in people, the social network just gave them the guts and a platform to release all thats been wanting to breath in them all these years.
You don't have to be vulgar to be popular, you don't have to be nude to be heard... now loads of stuff are accepted as the norm, you're more likely to get a raised eyebrow over a person going for a night vigil(actual vigil, not the excuse to attend a party sort) than at a girl who has a sex tape out. And the more you 'score' the more you're hailed and popular and loved just like Paul said. We've so glamorized sin, even the law embraces it.
I got to listen to some songs i joyfully sang some years ago and i cringed when i heard the lyrics with a renewed mind... what were/are we dancing too? music videos have to be pornish to get peoples attention. What are your children singing? was at the salon and a girl of about ten was singing lil Wayne's lollipop from the start of the video to the end and her mother just sat and watched her... like seriously?
I don't think now is the time for me to get tired or shy away from speaking out... We're running out of time.
Lets quit taking his grace for granted.
"Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?" Romans 2:4(NLV)