The Applause

Romans 1:28-32 says: “And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a corrupt mind so that they do what is not right. They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, senseless, untrustworthy, unloving, and unmerciful. Although they know God’s just sentence—that those who practice such things deserve to die—they not only do them, but even applaud others who practice them” (CSB). We read a lot about evil and unrighteousness in this passage, but today we focus on the applause.

Did you ever have someone give you applause? It’s usually a happy time of celebration. We applaud when people win games or awards. We applaud when people do a good job or to show our support. Today, we read about applause for a different reason — people applauding evil. When I read about this here in this passage, and when I actually see this lived out before my eyes, it makes me sick to my stomach. Isn’t it crazy how often we read something that seems crazy in our Bible, and then we lift our eyes from the text and realize that it’s happening today, right now, in real life. The disgusting and horrific things we read about are still around. The recent applause I have seen over evil was coming from the people cheering for abortion, the people cheering that an unborn child has been killed, a defenseless child murdered.

I usually steer away from specific sins. All sin is sin. Our world politicizes things that should not be a political issue at all. It’s a moral issue and it’s murder no matter what anyone tries to say otherwise. A life. A human life. A baby knit together in a mother’s womb. Killed. It’s wrong. To see people applaud this evil, it’s disgusting. Sadly, people all over have been cheering on evil. Not only abortion. People cheer and rejoice over other evils of the world. People applaud politicians who lie and commit injustices and hurt the defenseless. People cheer on those who cheat, those who steal, those who openly live in sin. What we read in Romans 1 is sad and troubling. Let us remember today that these words aren’t simply from a time “back then.” When I read these words written long ago, it is clear they are still alive today. This passage describes our country. Let us not be a part of those who applause. Let us instead stand firm for Jesus and do all that we can do to live a life that points to Him. Let us repent of our wrongdoings, pray for our country, and draw near to Him.

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