“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.”
In Ohio, 2011, two women in their 80’s died in a car accident after two teenage boys covered up a stop sign as a prank. This misdirection brought about not only the unintended deaths but the response of the courts in the way of jail time for the boy instigating the prank.*
Unfortunately, misdirection has become a default strategy in our culture. Fake news is spread by those wanting to discredit their opponents and expedite their cause. It has caused division, fear, fighting, mistrust, and other harmful outcomes. But no misdirect is more harmful to us or odious to God than the suppression of the Truth of His Gospel and Kingdom.
When we or anyone else acts in an ungodly or unrighteous manner, it covers over and distracts from His Son, His plan, and His grace. I use ‘we’ in that comment because Christians have been just as guilty (if not more so) of suppressing truth by our sin, our bickering, and our distractions that have very little to do with what we are commissioned to be about. We understand that those who do not follow God are suppressing His truth and will receive His wrath. But we need to understand that we can be just as guilty. As followers of Christ, we must be clear signposts, directing others to Him and His Kingdom.
- What in your life, actions, or relationships might be distracting, covering up, or suppressing God’s truth?
- Is there someone you need to go to and clear a path to God’s Kingdom that you might have previously misled through your sin?
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?