"For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish hearts were darkened." Romans 1:21
The letters to Rome were the last ones written just before Paul was martyred for speaking the truth. The Romans are condemned for their willful disobedience. It is not ignorance on their part. "For even though they knew God…they did not honor Him as God. The gospel had been preached.
The Word is readily available in all forms of communication in America. We are without excuse when we stand before God Almighty, and we all will. What is defined as "willful ignorance" permeates our country. My heart was grieved as I celebrated our Independence Day knowing how little God was honored without the giving of thanks for our freedom as a nation. His truths guided our founding fathers if you read original letters and documents written by them rather than than the revised history our children are being taught in government schooling that does all it can to suppress the truth.
There is always a great cost for freedom. Freedom is paid for in blood. The greatest example is the blood shed for our freedom from the sin nature we were born with. If it isn’t dealt with it destroys us for the wages of sin is death spiritually and physically. The truth is what sets us free as we are told in scripture. (John 8:31-32)
"If you continue in My word then you are truly disciples of Mine, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
As Jesus said,
"If the Son sets you free you will be free indeed." (John 8:36)
The alternative to not honoring God as God is we become lost in "futile speculations," and as a result our hearts become darkened and we live in a darkened world. Do we not see this in our country today? The Bible’s truths will never expire or be outdated. It is the eternal Word of God. That is absolute truth. We began public schools to teach our children from the book that holds all wisdom and knowledge for life. Read the history of education sometime. How far we have come in the wrong direction. America has a heritage like no other country other than Israel itself. God help us not to allow our children to be robbed of the absolute truths of God that enables all to live truly free.
Once again, I remind you it starts in individual lives before it can go global. It starts in individual homes before you will see it in organized churches. We must once again learn what it means to take personal responsibility for our lives rather than looking to government or organized religion. It all comes down to a personal relationship between you and the One who created you for His purposes. It is your responsibility and mine to live that out on a daily basis not simply knowing there is a God, but honoring Him as God. If we do that we cannot help but give continuous thanks to Him alone who is worthy.
In His love.
"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20
As I look around me at His creation I agree with Paul; we are without excuse. How my heart gives thanks immersed in His creation!