The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.  Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.  Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.  Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 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 1:18-32

            How is God’s wrath being revealed?  Three times in this passage we are told that “God gave them over” (Romans 1:24, 26, 28).  You want to see what God’s wrath looks like on a nation? Then look at this passage.  1- He gives them over to sinful desires.  They do not want to follow Him so He lets them go their own way. 2- He gives them over to shameful lusts.  They are living a lie and serving created things and not the Creator. Perverted sexual immorality becomes prevalent when people suppress the truth by their wickedness 3- He gives them over to a depraved mind.  They do what ought not be done.  This portion of God’s Word is pretty clear what happens when people do not want to acknowledge of follow Him.  It is a downward slide into evil.

            Now, let us look at our nation.  The U.S.A. is filled with sinful desires and its people, as a vast majority, do not want to follow God’s ways.  The country is promoting shameful lusts of every kind of sexual perversion.  Our country’s mind is becoming depraved and all the while those in deep darkness, thinking it is wise to go in this direction are considered fools by God. 

            There is no hope for a nation who does not want to retain the knowledge of God and is not willing to repent.  That is the only hope for our nation or any nation— repentance is the answer— a turning to God and a turning away from sin.  May God grant that this would be so.  For us who know our Lord Jesus— let us follow Him faithfully regardless of the direction our nation goes and let us pray for our nation. Let us also pray for His Church that those who know Him will faithfully live for Him!

Dear Father You are our only hope.  May this nation come to see this.  May our leaders bow their knee to You.  May our nation bow the knee to You.  Dear Father You have extended so much grace on us and we have not appreciated what You have done.  Be pleased to turn hearts back to You all across this nation.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and by the authority of Your Son Jesus.  So may it be! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE4YYHr2SF8

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