“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”
Idolaters never see fit to honor God. They fail to acknowledge him. He is not the center of their lives. For some, he doesn’t even exist!
What does God do? For the third time in this section of Scripture, Paul says God “gave them up.” This time, they are given up to a debased mind. It’s a mind that does not seek the highest and best. Its eyes are lowered to self.
Whatever we think, we do. The battle for God’s rule in a life begins with one’s thought life. The debased mind here leads to people doing what they should not do.
If you want to know if God is central to your life, examine your thought life. Get alone. Perhaps even fast from food and drink for a few hours. See where your mind continually wanders. See to where your thoughts constantly go.
You will soon discover your idols. You will soon see what’s driving your life’s passions.
You are what you think.