Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring 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. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 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. Romans 1:24-32
Today I am covering nine verses for a reason. When Paul wrote his letter to the Romans he did not divide the letter into verses. He wrote his letter just as we do. Dividing the Bible into verses happened long after it was written. Unfortunately, we tend to think that verses are God’s divisions and not man’s. This can lead us to pick out certain verses and sometimes give more importance to one over the others surrounding it. Today is an example. We are quick to pick out the verses that condemn homosexuality but we tend to stop reading as Paul goes on to name sins that are closer to home.
Yes the Bible says that homosexuality is a sin but so are covetousness, malice, envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness, gossip, slander, hatred of God, insolence, haughtiness, boasting, inventing evil, disobeying parents, being foolish, heartless and ruthless. See yourself in any of these? I know I do. It is always easy to pick out the sin of others and develop a righteous anger toward that sin. But Jesus warns us to first take out the plank from our own eye and then we can take out the speck from our brother’s eye.
As Christians we need to be more concerned with rooting out our own sins before we turn to expose the sins of others. And then we need to do it with love. God does not hate homosexuals, He loves all of us. Yes He hates our sins. He hates all sin. That is why He sent His son to die on the cross to pay for the sins of the whole world. Jesus did not die to pay only for the sins we have and think of as minor sins. He died to pay for all sin. In God’s eye all sin is major and all sin is punishable with death.
Thankfully we have a loving God. A God who paid the price for our sins Himself and now welcomes all of his children to come in His presence. When we acknowledge Jesus as Lord His blood covers our sins and we are found guiltless. He is the judge of all, we are not.
Have a blessed day,