In the early 1900’s, a major London newspaper wrote an editorial asking the question: “What is wrong with the world?” After several passionate replies that discussed everything from politics to the need for more medicine and social reform, one author answered in two simple words: “I am.”
That is the theme of Romans 2. After saying that “the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteous of men …” (1:18), Paul goes on to explain that “I am what is wrong with the world.” He says: “You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal? You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery” (2:21-22)? In other words, we have all broken God’s Law, religious and non-religious alike. We are all responsible for the breakdown in society, and we need to accept that.
It has been said that you can put make-up on a fencepost, but that doesn’t make it pretty. And you can put religion on a sinner, but that doesn’t make him pretty either. Only God can do that. Only the saving work of Jesus Christ can deliver him from the wrath of God, which is what we are going to study on Sunday morning.
Do you want to know what is wrong with the world? Come join us this week as we find out together. Do you want to know why religion does not make a man prettier or better with God? Come join us as we talk about that as well. We meet at 9:30 at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. Bring your Bibles and a hungry heart. – Jeremy Cagle