Insanity of Man

Insanity Of Man

“Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” (Romans 1:32).

This passage strikes me as the definition of insanity. First, they know the righteous judgement of God. That, in and of itself, should’ve made them stop and rethink the path they’re walking. If a person knows what they’re about to do carries with it a very severe penalty, you would think that should help them refrain from following through. 

Second, not only did they know the righteous judgement of God, but they knew what they were doing was wrong. Could that possibly have contributed to their debased mind? They didn’t like to retain God in their knowledge, so they did what they wanted to do in full view of knowing it was wrong and the judgment imposed.

Third, they also approve of those who practice such things. When we look at all the things mentioned from verses 29-30, all of them carry a judgment. The people who participated in them knew they were wrong, and even in view of the judgement, went ahead and walked in them. They didn’t stop there, they also approved of others who do them. What is left for a person like that but for God to give them up to their own lusts.

Before we become a little self-righteous because those sins do not describe us, we might take a look at ourselves and ask, “Is this true of me?” Are there things that are wrong that I still do, even when knowing the end result? All the while I approve others who do it as well. This represents not so much an act, but an attitude. It’s an attitude that says, “I am going to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. Nobody is going to tell me what I can and cannot do. I am fine with others doing what they want to do as well.”

People get in debt over their head knowing the bill will come and they won’t be able to pay it, but they keep using the credit card anyway. Oh, it’s fine if others do it too. 

A person has become a slave to the bottle. He knows the end result. It is not secret. It’s obvious, yet he still wants the drink, and gets it. Even more, he approves of others who are a slave to the bottle too. 

On and on it goes. It is endless. Where did such a debased mind begin? It all began when a person knew God and did not glorify Him, nor give Him thanks.


Rickie Jenkins