“They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s degree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.”
Romans 1:29-32, ESV
Warning: DO NOT APPROVE!
Disobeying God is sin. This is probably a familiar truth to many who have Christian influences in their lives. They hear it from friends, they see it on social media posts and they’ve probably even learned it from a religious gathering of some sort. While the truth that doing what God tells us not to do is sin—unrighteousness, is known (though certainly not often acknowledged) by many, they fail to realize that giving approval to those who sin is also unrighteousness.
You sin if you were to kill someone. Most would probably say that’s a no-brainer. But imagine yourself passing a dark alley where there happens to be nobody around but you and two other people. One of them has a dull looking crowbar in his hands. The other is on the ground, whimpering and weakly trying to put his hands up in defense. Both men have blood on their clothes, but the one on the ground looks practically soaked in it. Would you jump with glee and with a voice as mighty as you could muster, scream “finish him” to the crowbar-man? Isn’t an emphatic “no” to this a no-brainer as well? An extreme example, but it does get the point across (I hope). Thing is, murder is not the only act of unrighteousness in the world.
Do you squeal when you witness someone lying to another? Do you get excited seeing and hearing the latest gossips? Do you stop people when they talk about others behind their backs? Do you give a thumbs-up to people blaspheming God? Do you discourage those who are rude, arrogant and proud? Do you high-five kids when they disobey their parents?
What’s the point? Be careful. Examine every aspect of your life with this truth in mind. Remember: disobeying God is sin, and approving those who sin is still sin.
Daily Meditations // Romans 1:29-32