"…foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give hearty approval to those who practice them.”
Paul ends the list of all those who practice idolatry: “foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.” Have you watched an “R” rated movie recently? Have you noted the violence, heartless, ruthless action? Have you noticed how all this is increasing in our culture?
Most everyone who performs these unrighteous acts know, instinctively, deep inside, they are wrong and deserves condemnation. They know “God’s righteous decrees.”
But here’s the problem. Not only do they do these deeds, but many give approval to “those who practice them.” Most likely, this is because it gives them approval for their own sins.
This includes judges, politicians, even ministers! To remain silent gives tacit approval. As a result, the society will only continue to slide into a deeper and deeper moral abyss.
Note too the “hearty approval”is for those who “practice” these wrong behaviors. Just to think them is not sin. Just to feel temptation is not sin. It’s only when we act upon them that sin is committed.
We stop the temptation in our minds, by not letting the thought lead to practice. Stop the thought and the sinful action will never occur.
Do you hate sin? Do you love Jesus?
If so, how does your life reflect these convictions?