You Know God's Wrath Is Here When ...

"The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for [gods of their own imagination].  

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.  They exchanged the truth of God for a lie ...

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.... 

Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done....  Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them."  (Romans 1:18-32, emphasis is added)

This is the condition of our country right now.  (And it's not just about sexual choices, but about all the ways we rebel against God and His authority.)  

Some might say that we're in good condition right now, that we've "progressed," that we're free from old-fashioned moral constraints.  We're now free to live however we want, sleep with whomever we want, worship whomever we want, be whomever we want, kill unborn children whenever they're inconvenient, etc.  And not only are we "free" to do those things, but we celebrate others who do them too, while shaming those who hold traditional moral values.  

But the Bible shows that sometimes "freedom to do whatever you want" really just means that God has withdrawn from us and handed us over to our sins, to our hardened hearts.  

Sometimes, the freedom to do "what ought not to be done" is not progress at all; it's God's judgment against us, the due penalty for our rebellion.  

And after that comes death.

(reposted, updated, from a few years ago)

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