And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:28-32)
When God Is Absent
There is a lot of cruelty in the world. Sadness is always just a breath away when out of nowhere tragedy comes. It can be from natural disasters or disease but so much comes from the hatred of man against man. The world of Noah was destroyed because the height of wickedness had become a pungent odor of death in the nostrils of God and He had had enough. Eight souls were saved but wickedness remained. Grace came through Jesus Christ giving man the ray of light to cleanse his soul of the putridity of the carnal mind. Sin continues to plague the spirit of men and drives the passions of those who fill the world with sexual immorality, murder, strife and unloving in their actions towards one another. Senseless acts of murder spread across the headlines almost daily. Death is not a sacred fear but a wanton act of one man’s wrath upon unsuspecting victims. Life is filled with plans, joys and accomplishments but taken away in the split second of the hatred of one man against another. Everyone asks the questions of why and why now and why here. The answer is profound and simple. When the world removes the Creator from the forefront of their minds, the world becomes a godless and unholy world. God in the world creates godliness; God removed creates a godless world. One plus one equals two and the world without God equals chaos.
The question of murder has nothing to do with religion. Killing innocent men who are serving their community is not explained by some deep theological analysis of how man perceives God and how man defines the acts of religion over the random acts of murder. Paul said the problem lies in the denial of God and the exercise to remove the idea of God from the mind. Murder comes from a heart void of the knowledge of eternity and the consequences of facing the Creator of all men. The blackness of hatred does not allow the presence of God to live in the heart. Serving the fleshly carnal desires of lusts and murder is where a man finds himself when he denies the reality of God. There is a righteous judgment coming but most do not believe. The world forms God into its own image refusing to acknowledge the true nature of the one Lord. Sin is the result. God can only be worshiped in one fashion and that is according to His will, His way and His word. Religion is not the definition of truth – the word of God is truth. The world does not need more religion. It needs God!
Tragedy is without warning. In the most inconspicuous times and places the hatred of man will rise up to show the fruit sown from a world that demands God be removed. There is an outcry against the senseless deaths of the innocent but there is no call for a return to God. Failing to keep God in the heart will breed more and more murder, immorality, hatred of parents, unloving souls who fill the world with the passions of strife, deceit and evil thinking. Man has always had two choices to follow and the consequence of that choice determines the history he will live. A world that denies God will be a world of anarchy and hatred. Murder comes from a heart void of God. The second choice is to embrace the knowledge of an eternal Creator who knows what is right and what is wrong. Retaining God in the mind will bring the peace men seek. And then there is the final reality. The remnant of God’s people will have to endure in a world that will seldom change. Satan’s hold on the hearts of men is sure. He will have has way until the coming of Jesus Christ and then he will be judged. The greatest tragedy is the souls he will take with him to the eternal fires of hell. Until that time our prayers are with the downtrodden and all those impacted by the sadness of death. May God grant His peace on our hearts and give us hope in the coming of His Son – soon.