…Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.Romans 1:30-31
The last half of Romans chapter 1 is a Divine analysis of the psychology of unbelief. Why godlessness?
The answer is that it is not ignorance or lack of evidence, but rather it is nothing less than a refusal to believe, and that in spite of both external(Creation, and it’s order), and internal (conscience, the universality of such intangibles as Justice and truth) evidence.
God has shown it unto them, we are told, but they did not like to retain God in their knowledge. Because of this, they make three moral and spiritual exchanges- as we looked at earlier.
They exchange the dignity of being made in the mage of God, for something that looks amazingly like one of those evolutionary charts, as an explanation of our origins.
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.Romans 1:23
They also have to make an exchange in the area of philosophy, they give up on Truth and embrace relativism. And finally they end up exchanging the God given roles for that which is unnatural, feminism, and it’ s mutant offspring, homosexuality.
The chapter ends on a note which we are seeing payed out before our very eyes. The godless are evangelical about the effects of their ‘lifestyle’. They want everyone possible to indulge in their practices. Why would that be? Whatever happened to “everybody do your own thing”?
Why is it that sexual deviants are not content with ‘tolerance’, but insist that everybody everywhere wholeheartedly embrace such perversions as “Gay marriage”? Why do those who have won the battle over the legalisation of abortion, still tremble at the slighest idea of any restrictions whatsoever? What motivates those sexual libertines to mock the very concept of abstanance or virginity?
The reason is given here in Romans 1- it is because, “They know(ing) the judgment of God”. They know that what they are doing makes them liable to judgment, they know that their godlessness and the deviancy it has spawned is wrong.
The wicked flee when no one pursues them…”(Prov 28:1)
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them (Romans 1:31)
They take comfort in the crowd, they feel better if they have around them a whole society of equally perverse or even worse people. The more who indulge, the better they feel about themselves. If anyone dissents from these deviancies, or merely doesn’t partake, the godless feel threatened.
The book of Proverbs echoes this sentiment, when it assures those deluded by the very preponderance of those who share in and flaunt their perversity;
Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered. (Proverbs 11:21)