Studying Romans 1 I am amazed to see how foolish man is but at the same time see that it all makes sense. When man rejects God, God gives him over to a reprobate mind. Those are some loaded words, but for now it think this passage from Paul Achtemeier is insightful.
“Paul describes God’s punishment for the sin of idolatry. It is frightening simply because, had Paul not told us they were signs of wrath, we could easily have mistaken them for signs of grace! When God visits his wrath in the way described in this passage there is no divine cataclysm, no fire from on high sent to consume sinful society. Rather, the wrath which God visits on sinful humanity consists in simply letting humanity have its own way. The punishment of sin is therefore simply — sin!…The way God in his wrath delivers humanity over to the just punishment of sin is to become permissive. He withdraws the gracious power of his absolute lordship and allows other lordships to prevail.” (p.40, Roman, Paul Achtemeier)
This is not to say that permissiveness is all of God’s wrath, but it does explain much about the word around us. What are your thoughts?