It’s been a couple weeks since the unimaginable happened in the U.S. Capital in Washington D.C. You’ve seen the footage, read the articles (like Dr. Moore’s), and commented on the posts of friends, family, and foe. As we’ve all witnessed this attack on our democracy, I can’t help but be overcome with grief and sadness as Romans 1:25 rolls in the back of my mind.
“They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
Cottage Grove, how we respond as Christians to what is happening in our nation is so very important. Not because of what social media or the news tells us, but because of what the everlasting Word of God tells us. And whether we like it or not, this great book time and time again proves to be a book that speaks to our cultural moments.
This passage in Romans 1:18-32 serves as a stern warning for us as believers. A reminder that God takes seriously His plans and His own character. “For the wrath of God is... against...those who suppress the truth.” This truth, the very nature of who God is, is not to be misconstrued or mocked. We know who God is (v.21). But do we honor Him, Cottage Grove, with our minds and bodies? Do we honor and worship Him with our lives?
I know some of us at this moment want to flee from the conversation surrounding the radical display that took place a couple weeks ago. We want to be labeled as peacemakers in the form of silence. Cottage Grove, now is not the time for silence. Rather, it is time for truth to be boldly spoken. It is time for the truth of the immortal God to be revealed and proclaimed, rather than the worship and allegiance to the “mortal man” (v.23).
This immortal God is the “image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Col. 1:15). And His name is Jesus. In Jesus, we see a humble servant, the God-man who would shed His blood on a cross so that we could be reconciled back to God and be presented as “holy and blameless and above reproach before him” (Col 1:22).
would we, as a church family, lay down our idols and repent of the lies we have believed. (1 Corinthians 10:14)
would we, as a church family, persevere in our faith in the wake of injustice and evildoing. (Luke 18:1-8)
would we, as a church family, seek to understand one another through conversation that seeks not only our own interest, but that of others. (Philippians 2:2-4)
would we, as a church family, cry out to God to bring justice and equality for the sake of our minority brothers and sisters. (Micah 6:8)
would we, as a church family, neglect man-made systems, structures, and ideologies that resemble eternal hope apart from Jesus. (Romans 1:25)
would we, as a church family, worship God alone as the One who is worthy of all praise, glory, and honor. (Revelation 4:11)
would we, as a church family, proclaim and display the reconciling work of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)