Reading in the book of Romans again today, still in the first chapter, I was struck by three choices we make and the effects that those choices have on not just our lives but the world we live and move in. Do we choose to worship God in our lives (to acknowledge him and give thanks to him?), do we choose to believe God’s truth (or another “truth”, of which there seem to be plenty of options these days?), and do we choose to “retain the knowledge of God”.
It is easy to forget to worship God, it is easy to let the “wisdom of the world” dominate our thinking, it is easy to neglect the “knowledge of God.” Perhaps this last has challenged me the most today. Paul says of mankind that “they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God”. What do I think is worthwhile knowledge to retain? How much of my time each day is devoted to the knowledge of God (whether knowledge about God, or knowledge belonging to God). How much of the input into my life each day is from God sources, and how much is from other sources?
Why do I feel vaguely embarrassed to write about such things on a public blog? An email sent on by a friend yesterday made me think about that. I will quote the words she sent, which were the words of a certain Ben Stein (good Jewish name), writing about his native America:
Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with “WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.”
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Sounds like Romans chapter 1 rewritten!