“Without Excuse” (Romans 1: 20, HCSB) by Carley Evans

Paul writes, “People are without excuse.”

We are without excuse because God’s existence and “His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made.”

We know God exists, yet we choose not to “glorify Him as God or show gratitude.” (Romans 1: 21) Instead, we create our own gods — worshiping self, money, power, even “images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.” (Romans 1: 23)

“All who make idols are nothing, and what they treasure does not profit. Their witnesses do not see or know anything, so they will be put to shame. Who makes a god or casts a metal image for no profit? Look, all its worshipers will be put to shame.” (Isaiah 44: 9 – 11)

God says, “I Am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make success and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.” (Isaiah 45: 6 – 7)

“I sweep away your transgressions like a cloud, and your sins like a mist. Return to Me, for I redeem you. Rejoice, heavens, for the Lord acts; shout, depths of the earth. Break out into singing, mountains, forest, and every tree in it. For the Lord redeems.” (Isaiah 44: 22 – 23)

“Therefore, any one of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things.” (Romans 2: 1)

We are without excuse, for God reveals Himself in His creation. Worship not the creation, but its Creator.

“Idols Do Not Profit” (Psalm 97: 10, ESV) by Carley Evans

The Lord commands us — those who love Him — to hate evil. The evil we are called to hate by the psalmist is idolatry, the worship of any thing other than God.

“All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols.” (Psalm 97: 7)

“All those who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame. Who fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing?” (Isaiah 44: 9 – 10) The ironsmith and the carpenter make “figures of men, with the beauty of a man” from iron or wood. The wood “becomes fuel for a man. He takes part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also he makes a god and worships it; he makes an idol and falls down before it.” (Isaiah 44: 13, 15)

Idolatry is the ultimate wickedness and folly — worshiping something made by man himself.

God “preserves the life of His saints” whereas an idol created by man has no power to preserve, has no power to heal, has no power to love, has no power to save.

The psalmist proclaims, “Fire goes before [God] and burns up His adversaries all around.” (Psalm 97: 3)