“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.” Romans 1:28-30
It is foolish thinking, if you think that you can get away with your sins. This list of sins that Paul gives us looks just like our nation today. They wanted to sin so much that they invented new ways to sin. This describes a society that has refused God. As they refuse Him the rightful place He deserves in their lives, God abandons them to this moral tailspin. Because they reject God, He rejects them.
Paul writes they are “disobedient to parents.” This sin of child rebellion was so serious in the Old Testament that it required the death penalty. They have no regard for authority, and this lawlessness begins in the home. Submission to authority must be learned at home, but here it does not. When obedience by children to their parents is gone, a society is set on a course of anarchy that knows no limits. Where there is no regard for one’s parents, this moral breakdown leads to disregard for the civil or criminal law. There is no respect for any institutional authority in the classroom, the workplace, and government. They become like lawless gang members with no compliance for any authority. Here every man is doing what is right in his own eyes and is willing to kill others to get their own way. “In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.” (Judges 21:25) You would think that Paul was writing about our nation and where we are heading. Here, we find the warning signs of the impending death of a nation. These threatening marks reveal the death of any nation, culture, or society. The graveyard of past civilizations is filled with these corpses. There have been many great nations fall because they rejected God. As we look at these scriptures, we must ask ourselves some powerful questions. Can any nation survive without God? Can any society function without acknowledging the moral laws of God? Can any culture endure without the moral restraint of the law of God? Is there any hope for a collective group of people to function successfully without God in its center? It is foolish thinking that we can make it without God.