“Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and they exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible mankind, of birds, four-footed animals, and crawling creatures” (Romans 1:22-23).

Where’s the wisdom? Made in His image, given dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:26-27), and having been crowned by God with glory and majesty (Ps. 8:5); it seems foolish, indeed, that humanity would exchange this lofty station, and all of its possibilities, for the empty promises of the earthly, temporal, and corruptible. While grinning with mock disdain at ancient cultures, who carved images from wood and stone as objects of worship, we are blind to the idols we have carved upon the altars of money, sex, and power. Three times Paul uses this verb, “exchanged” (v. 23,25,26), and on every occasion it’s a bad swap.

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