The Real Deal

28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them (Romans 1).

Quite a list, isn’t it?  Paul gives no less than 21 descriptions of those He gave over to a depraved (adokimos — unapproved) mind, and then tops it off by writing of their giving hearty approval to others who do the same things.  They really believe what they do is OK and they really believe everyone else should agree with them.  This is what depravity is — it doesn’t get any worse than this.

There was no banking system in Paul’s day, and no paper money.  All monetary transactions used coinage — metal which was heated until liquified, then poured into molds and allowed to cool.  When taken from the molds, the edges of the coins, which were made of soft metal, were easily smoothed off.  Unscrupulous money changers would accumulate more metal by shaving off a bit from newer coins (which might then go undetected in their circulation), and then they would make more coins from the shavings.  But money-changers who were men of integrity would neither shave coins nor accept counterfeit money (coins made from the shavings of others).  Real coinage was approved, being called dokimos, and an honest money changer was also someone who was approved, being called the same, a dokimos, for he also was “the real deal”.

Lord, thank You that Jesus was no counterfeit Savior — that He was and is The Real Deal.  Help us to live This Day, and everyday, in “circulation” as people who are also the real deal — people of integrity who try to live like Jesus.  May our actions be approved by You, and may we encourage and influence others so that their actions may also be approved by You.  Amen.