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Romans 1

Jerry Zhang
Jerry Zhang
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3 min read

God Doesn't Discriminate

We live in a globalized world amongst a woke culture where DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) is a huge hot topic. In the USA, events such as George Floyd's police brutality led to the Black Lives Matter movement, which in turn has caused people to question whether racism is a systemic problem.

However, the real problem is not with the system but with the people. There's no perfect system in which such problems can disappear because the people in the system will always be flawed. Unfortunately, no matter how much reform happens, there will always be people who are racist and who will discriminate.

People are sinful by nature and therefore biased. They judge when they don't even have the right to judge, for that right solely lies with God.

The perfect embodiment of DEI is actually God Himself, for God doesn't discriminate against anyone. Everybody has equal opportunity to repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as savior.

Paul writes the following to the Romans to illusatrate his stance on discrimination:

I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. – Romans 1:14

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. – Romans 1:17

Righteousness vs Unrighteousness

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, "The righteous shall live by faith." – Romans 1:17

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. – Romans 1:18

Paul states that the righteous live by faith, and that the unrighteous live without faith. Anything apart from faith is unrighteousness. Those who are unrighteous suppress the truth.

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. – Romans 1:19-21

Paul argues that God is so obvious that even those who don't believe are aware of God, but simply choose to reject God.

Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Instead of worshiping God the creator, they chose to worship the creations.

The fundamental truth is that people are created to worship. God designed us to worship Him. However, in our sin and foolishness, we choose to worship other things, whether that be other living things or non-living things. We worship entertainment celebrities, politicians, and socialites. We worship money, technology, and experiences.

All of these other things will eventually get boring. That's why we need God–He has the capacity to eternally satisfy us.

The Behavior of the Unrighteousness

For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shamelss acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. – Romans 1:26-27

Paul talks about the sin of homosexuality, which violates God's design of marriage being the union of a man and a woman.

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. – Romans 1:28

The unrighteous choose not to acknowledge God.

They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. – Romans 1:29-31

Paul really lets it all out without holding back. These are some pretty strong words to call those who are unrighteous, those who don't believe. And I don't know when the word "hater" started trending in pop culture, but it seems like the Bible beat the trend to the punch.

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. – Romans 1:32

What's worse–the unrighteous know it's wrong but approve of those who practice unrighteousness.

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Jerry Zhang

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