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Upside-down World

Romans 1:24-25
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 of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is for ever praised. Amen. (NIV)

Fantasy can be fun. Many fictional stories/plays/films invite us to explore unreal worlds where important details are the opposite of what you suppose. It can be entertaining to grapple with that kind of upside-down world for a little while. But to live in it would be a nightmare. Alas, many are living that nightmare right now!

God seeks cooperation from us in running His world. If we refuse to live in His truth, He ultimately lets us have our fantasy but will not protect us from the consequences of our wilfulness. One of the first evidences that God has taken His restraining hand away from a community is a public acceptance that sexual selfishness is normal and right. Sex, which God designed to help bind a man to a woman for life, and to provide a stable environment for children, becomes a pleasure-making toy. Instead of binding the people together, it produces separation and ongoing pain.

That is what happens when we stop living in God's truth and live in a world of lies which suit our appetites. When we treat God's creation as something to be worshipped, instead of submitting to Him, we have to live in the nightmare of an upside-down world. Of course, that never stops God being God; and never removes our obligation to praise Him and be accountable to Him. That is why the gospel is essential - it is the good news about how to get out of the nightmare and find peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Although people who are living 'upside-down' may claim to have peace, it always slips from their grasp. So tell them about Jesus (www.crosscheck.org.uk): tell them today!

Holy Father. I am glad that You know how everything ought to work, and have told us how to use them safely, in the Bible. I am sorry for the times when I thought I knew better than You; when I stopped worshipping You because I was worshipping what You have created. I deserve You to remove Your hand of protection, but I plead for Your mercy. Through the shed blood of Jesus Christ please forgive me, and in Your grace restore me. May I learn to turn from a world of lies to live in Your truth and obey Your word. And help me to share Your gospel with my friends and colleagues who do not know how to escape from their upside-down world. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams