After the greetings and expressing the simplicity of the Gospel, Paul continues to speak of unrighteousness and I am surprised that over the last 2000 years the essential characteristics of the ungodly have remained the same. As long as human beings are still human beings, the scriptures, and the Gospel will remain relevant.
Unrighteousness comes from purposeful irrationality
God has displeasure in people that show contempt for godliness and those that regard God’s word to be unjust or wrong.
These people have no excuse for their attitude towards God because His nature and the truthfulness of His word can be clearly understood from observation of the physical world and the state of humanity today.
However, despite this easily available knowledge, rather than give honour to God, the unrighteous have become caught up in pointless reasoning and they have progressed in wickedness. In an attempt to not believe in the “backwards, unsophisticated or narrow-minded” truth of the scriptures, they have come to believe in ideas that go against common sense.
Rather than worship the eternal, all powerful, all knowing, and holy creator of the universe, they worship other imperfect human beings, like celebrities, things and animals.
Punishment for unrighteousness
As punishment, God has allowed these people to follow their lustful desires and bring shames on themselves and others through their sexual practices, become slaves to pornography and hold particular people in high esteem for nothing more than being sexually provocative.
Falling further into moral decay, these rebellious people, both men and women, have engaged in unnatural and disgusting sexual practices including homosexuality.
Going along with their attempt to remove anything that reminds them of God from their environment and their consciousness, God allowed these people to be lead by their immoral and unethical minds to do things that do not fit in well with their needs. They now make decisions that are, in the long run, simply not in their best interest.
These unbeneficial acts include: “fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding,covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.“(29-31)
Unrepentantness of the unrighteous
Even though the people that engage in these practices undoubtedly know the rightfulness of God’s word and that judgment is to follow, they not only continue to act in this manner but commend other people that act the same way. They also go further and condemn the righteous through bullying and legislative persecution.