Romans 1:28–32 (ESV)
28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
The country in which we live is in absolute turmoil over the apparent “racism” of police officers.
Last week, a man in Baton Rouge was killed in a scuffle with police after he would not comply and the officers determined there was a gun. They then shot and killed the man so that they could do their jobs and go home that night.A man in Minnesota was also killed by a police officer after a traffic stop escalated to the point of a weapon being drawn.
There were some apparent similarities. In both cases, the officers involved were extremely distraught after the events had taken place. We also know that the officers were white and the men who lost their lives were black.
But there were also some differences. In Minnesota, the man was seemingly compliant while in Baton Rouge, there was not even a hint of compliance until his dying breath.
Then there was a march. In Dallas, a march was organized to protest the violence that had taken place. A shooting broke out, perpetrated by a black man who was fed up with white people, specifically officers. He opened fire and killed five men as well as wounding seven officers along with two civilians.
What has happened? We are doing what ought not be done. There is injustice in the police force but these cases were obviously not racially charged. The man who opened fire in Dallas was, by his own admission, targeting on the basis of race. That is not how we should respond to this tragedy unfolding in our country.
A debased mind means it is too late. A debased mind means there is no longer any hope. A debased mind means that God has removed His common grace from the people and has given them over to the path that leads to destruction. I pray that is not what is happening now. Even if it is, though, we must pray. We must plead with God for the deliverance of our brethren. As Spurgeon said,
If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped around their knees. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth 0f 0ur exertions, and let no one go unwarned or unprayed for.
It may well be too late for the country in which we live, but we still have an obligation, as Christians, to work for the Kingdom of God and pray that the lost be found.
We ought t0 acknowledge God. It may be too late. We may already have been given over, by God, to a debased mind. The only thing we can do in the way of combatting this is to heed the words of Paul in the very next chapter.
Romans 2:4 (ESV)
4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
We must repent and believe in Christ. Let us do what ought to be done.