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The loss of reason paves the way for all forms of darkness in culture.
In Groups:
Read Romans 1:18-32.
What are some similarities you see between Romans 1 and our culture today?
Read Romans 1:25.
What does a culture look like when Romans 1:25 happens?
(Romans 1:26-31 is your answer.)
2. Does anything alarm you about vs. 28?
If so, what?
According to vs. 32, approval of unrighteousness leads to what (2:1)?
How can we guard one another not to approve sin?
4. Read Daniel 4:32-34.
In vs. 34, Daniel says that Neb’s “reason returned to me, and I blessed the most high.”
What is reason?
what are some examples in our culture where we have lost our ability to reason?
I love It’s a Wonderful Life.
It’s my favorite movie of all time and I’m talking about it before it’s even December 1st.
A man lives his life denying himself his desires.
Everything he wants to do, he never gets to do.
But along the way, he loves people and invests in them.
In the end, when everything in his life has come apart, those people he has loved so well step up for him.
Everyone he served, come to serve him.
It’s a magical story rooted in selflessness.
In more recent years, though still old to all of you, In Tolkien’s world of Lord of the Rings.
The evil ring must be destroyed, but to do so requires a great sacrifice.
The smallest man in the room stands up amidst lots of chaos and egos and says,
“I will take it… I will take the ring to Mordor.”
Such acts of Selflessness are noble.
Selflessness cuts through all of the cultural baggage we carry today.
The opposite of selfless is selfish and I would argue is the root issue of our culture today.
It’s the root issue of mankind.
Doing what I want to do because I want to do it.
… Selfish.
Jesus said in John 15:13 “13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
We read that and must remember Jesus’ act for us right?
That he did this?
That he laid down his life.
This is love.
God’s perfect selfless act of restoration for all who would believe.
But what happens when a culture strips love of any meaning.
What happens when a culture flips love from selflessness to selfishness.
What does a culture look like when selfish people do selfish things all the time?
When selfishness is worshipped and becomes god?
It looks like us today.
My main point tonight is this:
The loss of reason paves the way for self-worship and all forms of darkness in culture.
We are going to flesh out what that means tonight as we go along.
Tonight I want us to look at two things as we conclude our worldview study.
The rise of Self worship
The sin of the LGBTQ movement
The way back to reality.
The rise of Self-Worship
Lets start by looking at Romans 1.
When you looked at Romans 1 today, what were some things that jumped off the page to you?
There are many things but I want to point out a few today.
Romans 1:25 “25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!
The worship of self will lead to an infinite number of sins.
What is the root of lying?
Why do we lie?
To hide the truth that we don’t like.
To protect ourselves.
to prevent facing consequences for something we know is wrong.
What is the common denominator in all of these things?
to hide myself
to protect myself
to not have to face consequences for my decisions.
The worship of self rules the day.
That is what’s going on in Roman’s 1.
This leads to evil.
What are things that are evil?
That go against God and his word?
Vs. 26-27 - Homosexuality is evil.
covetousness, hate,envy, murder, deceiving, seeking conflict, gossiping, speaking falsely about someone, hating God, and on it goes.
You can see a list of things God clearly calls sin in Romans 1:26-31.
Here is what we must do with that list then as believers.
We must recognize evil.
We must call it what it is: EVIL!
Calling out the evil we see in the world doesn’t mean we ignore the evil in our lives.
It means both/and!
I shouldn’t ignore the evil around me because I sin too…
It’s because I sin too that I should call out the evil around me.
Romans 1 gives us a clear picture of what happens to a culture when we don’t do that.
Evil rules the day.
When evil rules the day...
2. This leads to the LGBT movement.
“Marriage is not a matter of contract.
It is not even a matter of honesty.
It is a matter of honor.”
GK Chesterton christian philosopher, writer, and theologian from the late 1800s early 1900s.
What is a woman?
What is a man?
What is Gender?
The answer to these questions is blurred today in our culture.
But the answer to these questions are not blurred biblically.
Gen. 1:27 “27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
The first proclamation God makes in Genesis 1 about humans is their sex.
You are male… You are female.
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