“Claiming to be wise, they became fools … they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (v22-24). Paul explains how the whole human race descended into sin by choosing to worship their own desires (through idolatry) instead of God. Every kind of evil resulted. Rather than living in harmony with each other under God’s rule, humans became “foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless” (v31). We are all “without excuse” because our beautiful world tells us that there is a good Creator (v20).
The wonderful news is that we don’t have to fix the mess. Jesus is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (v16).