Guilty By Association—Romans 1:32
"Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them" (Romans 1:32)
Have you ever been guilty by association? I remember in high school our teacher gave us a work day but warned that talking during class would get us kicked out for the next two periods. So for the next two days, while I was sitting in the library, I remembered evaluating my choice of who I sat with, and I thought to myself, perhaps I haven’t chosen very wisely.
Humanity blatantly does things that go against God.
Although I wasn’t the instigator, I participated and by that gave my approval to it. When the teacher followed through with the punishment, I was both guilty of disobedience and guilty by association. One could debate that giving approval to sin is just as contemptible as participating in it.
In this chapter of Romans, Paul has eloquently laid out the case as to why humanity was helpless to save itself. Paul is building this foundation brick by brick and lays the last element by explaining that everyone is guilty by association. Humanity blatantly does things that go against God. Not only do we continue in this, but worst of all, we approved and applauded those who practiced them. Considering all of these reasons, Paul has proven without a doubt the need for Jesus to rescue us.
Today, I encourage you to evaluate your life and see where you approve of sin. Look intently at those places where you are guilty by association and ask Jesus to rescue you by removing these things from your life.
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Original article published May 31, 2009.