by Jim Hughes
Rom. 1:28 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. (NLT)
There is no college degree needed to understand what God is saying here. If man chooses to reject Him, His Word, and His ways, God will let him live in the filth of his sin and bear its consequences.
The world of Paul’s day was no different than ours is today. There was a blatant disregard for God and people were pursuing sinful pleasures. Immorality was common. Sexual expressions contrary to God’s design for sex were common. Homosexual activity was common. God could have prevented mankind from doing it, but He didn’t. He wants us to live within His moral boundaries out of our willful desire to please Him, not out of forced obedience.
The Lord gave us sexuality to honor Him. We honor Him as we join with Him in the process of creating life. God in His wisdom gave us desires that were to be fulfilled by the opposite sex. Our attraction to each other would aid in the bonding of the hearts into oneness and ensure that mankind would flourish. What God created for good, man in his sinfulness soon perverted.
Man soon glorified his sexuality and it became an end in itself instead of the means to an end as God designed it to be. Man pursued the pleasures it brings instead of pursuing God. Man did what was right in his own eyes and chose to dishonor God. Sin causes us to distort and pervert that which God created for good. Whenever we choose to do something contrary to God’s intended purposes, it is sin. All immoral behavior is sin. God sets the boundaries for our sexual behavior and anything outside of those boundaries is sin.
In order to honor God we must live submissively to Him. We must live by His standards and not create our own. Great judgment will come upon all who pervert God’s laws for life and holiness.
About the Author
I am a retired pastor having served the church mainly as a bi-vocational pastor for over 40 years. I have been married for over 40 years and we have two married children and a single son. I have an online ministry, posting daily devotionals and tweeting on faith and marriage.
I have authored a series of devotional books covering every book of the Bible and several marriage books.
Readers can visit my webpage. I tweet at 4248 and I post devotionals at my blog and on Facebook. You can read Jim’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 3rd Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.