24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
The passage today bridges two ideas that we will encounter here in Romans 1. The first idea is actually in the second verse from today. The wicked people Paul is referring to have chosen to serve created things rather than the creator. That sounds a whole lot like what we went over just in our last post. We are idol factory laborers. And we worship the works of our hands too. We constantly give up the creator of the universe for some created thing in the universe. We have an eternal urge within us and we try to satisfy it with decidedly non-eternal satisfactions.
Meanwhile, verse 24 starts to tell us exactly how we venture off the path. Exactly what worldly satisfactions do we use to satisfy that eternal urge? So often humanity has turned to sex.
You know, one time I heard an atheist debater wonder allowed why exactly God seems so concerned with what we do when we’re naked. The absurd wording of that thought distracts from the obvious power of sexuality throughout human history. Let’s not forget that sexual temptations fave brought down empires. They’ve rattled presidencies. They’ve defined the regin of kings. But you don’t have to be Ghengis Khan or Bill Clinton or King David to to know the power of sexuality–for good or for ill. Sexual temptations can overpower temptations for money, for power, and even for doing good.
The Bible takes sex seriously, because sex is serious business. And we’ll be studying that business more in depth in the coming couple of days.