Furthermore

“Pride Month” is upon us and the hatred and slurring has already hit my timeline on multiple social media pages.

And it left me wondering…

Why do we feel the need to correct this small demographic. Why do we think that we’re qualified to dish out judgement and justice?

Don’t all fall short of the glory of God? (Romans 3:23)

It left me pondering and rereading scriptures about the matter. It didn’t take long for me to discover that in the first two chapters of Romans lies the answer all Christians need to hear.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.

(Romans 1:26 – Romans 2:11)

I think the word here that stands out the most to me is “Furthermore”.

Paul is indicating here that all things listed thereafter are worse in the downward spiral of sin.

Bear in mind that this word succeeds homosexuality on the scale. These things are listed in Romans 1:28-32:

  • Envy
  • Murder
  • Strife
  • Deceit
  • Malice
  • Gossip
  • Slander
  • Hating God
  • Insolence
  • Arrogance
  • Boasting
  • Disobedient
  • Ignorant
  • Disloyal
  • Hateful
  • Merciless

This is an extensive list.

And in the very next chapter Paul addresses that we are ALL guilty of these things and have no right to pass judgment. In fact it says that all of us are given the same treatment and that God shows no favouritism.

If one of us is deserving of death then we all are. This is why we need Jesus.

And again, we’re instructed not to judge or judgement will come upon us.

If you are so willing to throw slander and someone living in an ungodly lifestyle then you are knowingly throwing yourself out of God’s grace.

Love is the most powerful weapon on earth.

That is why we are commanded to use it.

Stop trying to condemn people to Jesus.

You are only further condemning yourself.

Be salt and light.

Luke

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