Romans 1:29-31 NASB
“being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,(30)slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,(31)without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;”
Looking at this list, it packs a heavy punch to the conscience. This list though not completely exhaustive in sins, shows the reader that out a depraved mind comes forth all kinds of evil. Obviously, not every person commits all these sins, but these are many of the sins that are birthed out of the suppression of the truth and by not placing God on the throne of the individuals soul. When we suppress the truth we open ourselves to deception and out of deception comes rebellion towards God. Rebellion is the root of all these evils, at its core is humanity pushing God out of their lives. God has ordained law and order and out of that comes life and peace. Out of our rebellion comes death and destruction. All societies that have banished God from their nation have suffered greatly, not just with the sin that wreaks havoc in their culture but also the ultimate demise of that society as rebellion towards God brings God’s wrath.
It must be noted that Paul had originally been focusing on idolatry and homosexuality, something that typically would be a pagan’s achilles heel, but this list that Paul composes addresses many issues that Jews would have struggled with (Not that Israel didn’t have its fair share of idolatry). He is setting up his readers (who are mainly Jewish Christians) for the realization that they are condemned as well as the Gentile in their sins. He is strategic in coming full around to the theology that all are condemned before God, both the Jew and the Gentile. Without this realization of their sin, they would not understand both the grace of God and power of the sacrifice of Jesus.