The Fool’s Exchange


Romans 1:20-23 English Standard Version (ESV)

20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[a] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 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. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

In my last blog, “no excuse to not believe in God“, we talked about the reason why we cannot deny the existence of God. But in light of that reality, many people still choose to deny God not because there is not enough evidence of His existence but because of a foolish exchange.

As men, we all worship something or someone. Everybody is a worshipper, the question is who is our object of worship? According to the book of Romans, some choose to worship the creation, rather than the Creator.

“There has to be something which captures our imagination and our allegiance, which is the resting place of our deepest hopes and which we look to calm our deepest fears. Whatever that thing is, we worship it, so we serve it. It becomes our bottom line, the thing we cannot live without, defining and validating everything we do.” (Keller, location 337)

When we worship the creation rather than the creator, we exchange the truth of God for a lie. Sad to say, we have made something God made good as god.

Ponder on this truth: Are there good things (blessings) that God has given me and I made it into a god? Are there areas in my life that I treasure more than Christ? Have I exchanged the truth of God for a lie by worshipping creation rather than the Creator?

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