32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.Romans 1: 32
Last verse of Romans 1!
Hey I don’t know how many of you there are out there, but if you’re following along on a daily basis, let’s take a moment to celebrate that we’ve deliberately picked through the entire first chapter of Romans now. (Well, we will have after today.)
That means for the rest of the month (it’s currently February 20th), I’ll focus posts around how to memorize the chapter. If you’ve been following the suggested protocol, you’ve probably already read or listened to this chapter dozens of times. If you’ve done this, then I think you’ll find that this whole memorization thing might end up not being so bad–or at least I hope that’s the case, because I’m in the same boat. But for the time being let’s chew through this last verse.
You know, this whole ending to Romans chapter 1 has been a little bit (a LOT a bit) of a downer. But that’s ok, because hope is coming soon, I promise. Also, it’s good to remind ourselves that the Bible isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s not a happy-faced self-help book (hey, I happen to like a lot of self-help books; I’m not trying to disparage the idea of them). In fact the Bible has one of the darkest views of human nature you could imagine. And yet the Bible also holds one of the grandest views of human nature.
Take a moment to think about this please, because it really is a beautiful thing to ponder. One one hand, we all absolutely deserve death–the Bible makes that clear (look above). No matter how hard we work, how much money we give, how many prayers we say, we deserve death. We are so corrupt both as individuals and as a race that we could never enter God’s presence, because God’s holiness requires absolute perfection to be in his presence.