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The Foolish Things………I Corinthinans 1:27

In I Corinthians 1:27, Paul writes that God uses the foolish things to confound the wise.  I was reading another blog entry here on WordPress (I won’t link to it) by someone pointing out the foolishness of believing in God.  His point was that man has come so far.  Only fools and idiots would believe in God or the supernatural at all.  I read this and immediately called to mind Psalm 14:1 “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There  is no God.'” Then I started reading Romans.

One of the reasons I have not written this entry is that the subject is somewhat tough.  Romans 1:18 -32 talks about the depravity of man and his rejection of God.  It lists some of the many ways we reject Him and attempt to make ourselves wiser than His foolishness.  In a world marked by advances in science and technology like we have seen over the past 100 years, who would believe that there is a  God who created the world?  It is easier to believe that this is it.  There is nothing after this.  We should live for the moment.  We should grab every pleasure available to us right now.

Romans 1:18-20 says that men suppress the truth with their unrighteousness.   Their behavior is meant to cover the evidence God has made obvious since the foundation of the world.

Psalm 19:1 says that the Heavens themselves declare the glory of God.   The hearts of man bear witness to God’s truth.  I have heard of missionaries  in Africa and South America that came upon tribes of people in the deepest wilderness who, having never met a Christian missionary, were worshipping God and his son.  They knew that the son had died on a cross for their sins.

They had sought after God and He had revealed Himself to them.    We here have no excuse (Rom. 1:20) for not following God.  Romans 1:22 says, “Claiming to be wise they became fools.”  How many people use science and humanism as an excuse to cover their own sin?  Do we claim to be wise, thereby becoming fools?  Only if we deny the existence and power of God, I think.

Romans 1 ends with a listing of several things that people give themselves over to in order to keep from admitting God has power over them.  They exhange the Truth of God for a lie.  They give themselves over to unnatural lusts.  I find it interesting that Paul writes about homosexuality and gossip with the same judgment here.  He also writes about being disobedient to parents.  These things culminate in this final verse.

Romans 1:32  “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.

Not to put too fine a point on this, but look at our world today.  What immorality is approved of by our culture?  Not only is sin not decried, it is publicly supported.  I’m not saying that we should take homosexuals out and stone them.  What I am saying is that we must call sin what it is.  We cannot condone the behavior of ANY sinner.  Does that mean we attack them and turn them away from the church?  In the words of Paul, “God forbid it”.  Notice malice murder and maliciousness are included in Paul’s litany of sinful behaviors.  We approach them in love and help them to establish that cognitive dissonance that will allow them to see what they are missing.

In the words of Psalm 19:14  Now let the word of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, Oh Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

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