Romans 1:32 NASB
“and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”
It’s interesting that Paul has continually reminded his readers that they knew the righteousness of God. They know and understand and yet still rebel. It’s like when someone who has cancer and the doctor offers them the cure and they plug their ears and close their eyes and pretend like the cure isn’t in front of them. They know they are condemning themselves but they don’t care. They know, but they reject the truth. Because of this, they are worthy of death. This may seem harsh, death for rejection of God’s commands. But God is holy and perfect. And it is our very entitlement and feeling of being owed mercy that shows our wicked pride and disdain for God’s holiness. It is only out of humility can we see how wicked we are and how great a need we have of the righteousness of Jesus to be right before God.
The devastating effects of training up others in wickedness brings about generations of havoc, chaos and destruction. In Genesis 19:4 it says that “both young and old, all the people from every quarter.” These were the men who wanted to rape the angels who were visiting Lot. The older men had given hearty approval of their wickedness and encouraged them to engage in homosexual rape of God’s messengers. This is why it is so vital that we understand how terrible sin is and why we have to cut it out of our lives. If we don’t get rid of that sin, we pass it down to our children. They are affected by it and often adopt it into their lives. Wickedness cannot have a place in our lives. If it does, we condemn ourselves to death and are worthy of it.