“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.” – Romans 1:22
Lately, I’ve become careful with what I advice to people. Sometimes, it’s so easy to pretend that you know something because you’re supposed to be in a position to do so. This makes admitting that you don’t know anything about the topic difficult. I’ve met a lot of people like this. I’ve been one of them as well. And, I find it hard to pretend that you know something. It gives me the cold sweat. So I really wonder how some people do it.
We see a lot of them: medical practitioners pretending to be precise with the procedure that they do, politicians telling the masses of the reforms and changes they’ll make but never really did anything after winning, and celebrities talking their way into people’s hearts and minds. Most of them have different takes on a single occurrence. For celebrities, each have their own version of so-and-so’s relationships.
Sometimes you’d wonder who is really telling the truth. Is lying really that imbedded in us now? Have we become con artists?
Paul also made this observation among the Romans of his time. Wicked people seem to be rationalizing things too much that they have left out God (did we carry over this rationalizing from the past?). A lot of them would say in their time that they believed in God (as in our time), but would make God’s importance equivalent only to that of a flea or a cat on the street. They took more priority in their selfish desires and pretend to know better.
Could we really reduce God to something inferior to us? A part of the verse strikes me as funny. As the wicked people insist that they are wise, they end up making a fool of themselves. Their pretentious nature, thinking that their reasons and their perspectives on issues are eternally perfect, would ultimately lead to making complete clowns of themselves. They could easily become the laughingstock of God’s people.
Imagine the scenario: People have become really engrossed in following God. They have found freedom and happiness that no adversity or obstacle could counter. And there you were, acting the bitter enemy. Still trying to dissuade some of your friends that being a Christian and following God is not rational.
How about taking it a bit further? You think that God does not exist because you can neither see nor hear nor smell nor feel Him at all. Thus you’d tell your friends and family to worship and revere you instead because you recently graduated your 10th Ph.D. on something or the other. And that your logical reasoning is superior to most of your peers and colleagues. So they should only turn to you for help and advice.
Wouldn’t that make you a total laughing stock of your sphere of influence? Let us therefore liberate ourselves and acknowledge that you do not know anything. You have limits, but you have an unlimited God.