what is happening?
"The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against the irreligious and perverse spirit of men who, in this perversity of theirs, hinder the truth." —Romans 1:18
Our society can deteriorate so much that many people "are filled with every kind of wickedness: maliciousness, greed, ill will" (Rm 1:29). We can get to the point that our society is the closest thing to "hell on earth." This extremity of evil is preceded by "disgraceful passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and the men gave up natural intercourse with women and burned with lust for one another. Men did shameful things with men" (Rm 1:26-27). This barrage of homosexual sin is in turn preceded by idolatry, worshipping "the creature rather than the Creator" (Rm 1:25). When we practice idolatry, that is, put anything ahead of God, we set the stage for worse sin, particularly homosexual sins. Prior to idolatry, vain reasoning, senseless minds, and just plain foolish stupidity proliferate (Rm 1:21-22). Then the bottom line of this retrogression is the repeated refusal to give God glory and thanks (Rm 1:21).
Using this analysis of cultural breakdown from the first chapter of Romans, we can surmise that although our culture of death is in the latter stages of evil, it can get worse. We can also see how serious homosexual sins are. Furthermore, we can understand where idolatry comes from and where it goes. Finally, we can also see that the beginning of renewing society is to live lives of praise and thanks to God. Learn from Romans.
Prayer: Father, send the Holy Spirit to give me the power to replace the culture of death with a civilization of love and life.
Promise: "But if you give what you have as alms, all will be wiped clean for you." —Lk 11:41
Praise: Pope St. Callistus I was born a slave, became a prisoner, and eventually gave his life for the Christian faith.
Reference: (For a related teaching, order our tape God's Wrath and Punishment on audio AV 69-1 or video V-69.)
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Giles H. Pater, April 24, 2003
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 28, 2003