NO EXCUSE!

Posted: 10th November 2012 by Sam McDonald in Topical

Ok, I want to back up a bit from what I wrote about the other day, because this is important and if your a Christian, you (We) need to get this.
Read verses 1:16 to 1:19 below a couple of times, and then I would like to go through it line by line. I think I heard President Obama say that about the budget; but thats another story for another day. Right now we need to focus on whats important, and thats our walk with Christ.

(Rom 1:16)  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

(Rom 1:17)  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”

(Rom 1:18)  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

(Rom 1:19)  because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.

So, the first thing we notice in 1:16 is that Paul is not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus because he knows that Jesus is God. Paul tells us that the gospel of Christ is the road map to salvation; for who? For EVERYONE that does what; everyone that BELIEVES. Its important that we get this because it puts into context the next three verses. Paul is telling us if you have salvation, if you believe, if you call yourself a Christian a follower of Christ, then listen up, I’m talking to you! I also believe he’s saying, if your not a follower of Christ, listen up I’m talking to you too!

In verse 17 Paul says For in it; in what? In salvation the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith. What does Paul mean; faith to faith. I believe what Paul is saying is very simple, it all comes down to faith, “THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” faith in the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Living by faith from beginning to end. Sure we can read more into it than that, but I’m not sure Paul wanted us to.

In verse 18-19 Paul is starting to tell it like it is. I love that Paul is bold like this, he cuts right to the heart of the mater. The heart of the mater is this; are you a Christian, a follower of Christ? If you answered yes to that question and you are outwardly living in an unrighteous way, then you are suppressing the truth.  My take on this is that anytime the words “wrath of God, and men” are used in the same sentence we really need to stand up and take notice of how we are living our lives. Are we living them in righteousness and in truth or are we living ungodly and unrighteous while suppressing the truth? God tells us clearly in His word what is righteous and what is not, we have know excuse!

I want to drive my point home by looking at one more verse. But first lets look at a list of words that my be used to describe us.

unrighteousness
sexual immorality
wickedness
covetousness
maliciousness
envy
murder
strife
deceit
evil-mindedness
backbiters
haters of God
violent
proud
boasters
inventors of evil things
disobedient to parents
undiscerning
untrustworthy
unloving
unforgiving
unmerciful

You can find this list in verses 1:28-31

And here is were we need to pay real close attention….

(Rom 1:32)  who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

This is where we are, this is the world we live in. Are you in the list? I am! We need to do better as Christians, we need to stop approving of all the ungodliness all the unrighteousness all the sexual immorality, and all the demonization that goes on around us.

These are serious times that we live in and we need to decide today who’s side we’re going to be on.  Are we on the side of killing the unborn? Are we on the side of the haters of God? Are we on the side of sexual immorality? These are questions you and I need to ask ourselves. If we answered yes to any of these and wer’re a Christian, then we’re suppressing the truth, we’re holding the rutter of a ship that’s trying to guide us to safe waters. What about the list above? Are we like, or doing anything on that list? I think we all can find something on that list. We need to let the power of the Holy Spirit lead us, let Him turn the rutter on our ship. Remember the song Jesus Take the Wheel? We need to do that. Not only for our sake, but for the sake of others. Because when we let Jesus take the wheel, He’s going to lead us into a life that Glorifies Him and when we can Glorify the Lord, we can shine like the light He wants us to be. We can share His love with others. Isn’t that the point? To make disciples of all the nations. How can we do that if we condone what is against God?

We all need to pray about this, meditate on it and decide that now is the time to live righteous godly lives. We don’t know when the time will come that we have no more time to decide, but you can rest assured, that time will come.