From: Bob Williams
Do you wonder about the crime that is rampant in our society? You cannot read or watch the news of the day without seeing shootings, robberies, prominent people being indicted and a variety of other crimes being committed. People seem to lack civility by attacking others they disagree with, or who disagree with them. Cultural elites tell us society has advanced but how can we explain the anger, to the point of rage, people express frequently with violence?
Then the blame-game and finger pointing begins, and it’s usually someone else who is at fault, not the person committing the offense. But God tells us in Romans 1:21-32 who is at fault; in verse 28 He says: “Even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” In these verses, God describes how man is actually devolving, not evolving as we are taught.
God goes on to tell us through the Apostle Paul in Romans 3:9-19, “... they are all under sin. As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one; there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God ... there is none that doeth good, no, not one ... they have used deceit ... whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; the way of peace have they not known; there is no fear of God before their eyes.” Does this sound like an advanced society? This is simply the continuation of the rebellion against God and His Word that began in the Garden of Eden and has increasingly gotten worse. Man tries to be his own boss to his own detriment. He has no fear or knowledge of God and possibly does not understand nor care that there is life and judgment after death.
The word “fear” is found throughout the Bible, starting in early Genesis. Fear is usually in a negative sense, invoking terror and fright. But the word also has the context of being in awe of and to revere. The word “reverend,” which is only used once, is derived from the same base word interpreted fear. The reference is Psalms 111:9-10; speaking of God: “... holy and reverend is his name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom ...” If there is no fear of God, then godly wisdom, which is found in His Word, is not revered, honored and obeyed. All that is left are the dirty rags of man’s wisdom.
Nonetheless, God loves His creation and provided the solution to our problem. In Romans 4:24-5:1 that even though all sin, “... if we believe on Him that raised Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The justified do not need to fear the judgment of God, we have as a present possession, peace with God.