Unfriended by God


I was recently unfriended on Facebook, and it was neither a disappointment nor a surprise. But imagine being unfriended by God!

Would God ever do that?

It does seem out of character, but Romans 1 tells us that God has essentially unfriended a whole lot of people throughout human history. Three times, Paul says of certain groups that God “gave them up”. The first group was unfriended because of its arrogance and idolatry (vv. 21-24) and God “gave them up” in the lusts of their hearts. Idolatry, an abomination in itself, led inexorably to sexual immorality.

Because they worshipped the creature rather than the Creator and exchanged the truth of God for a lie, God gave people up “to dishonorable passions.” (vv. 25, 26) Exchanging truth for falsehood led to exchanging the natural, beautiful sanctity of sexuality expressed in the marriage relationship to the unnatural, the base, the salacious. Homosexual acts and their widespread acceptance warranted unfriending by God.

Since people “did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.” (v. 28) Failure to acknowledge God as Creator and Judge leads to all manner of evil, and Paul’s list is extensive in vv. 29-32. Though this is an historical record, it reads like today’s paper.

Being unfriended on Facebook is inconsequential. Being unfriended by God is eternally disastrous.

The image above was borrowed–well, stolen–from the London Daily Mail.

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