Boulder, CO is a Denver suburb that is nestled against the majestic flatirons of the Rocky Mountains where over 107,000 people call home. Boulder has it all -- a picturesque backdrop of the foothills, plenty of hiking trails and bike paths, beautiful parks, as well as plenty of recreational choices. Boulder also has quite a unique culture. It is home of the University of Colorado which hosts over 30,000 students each year. Boulder prides itself on supporting local businesses and restaurants; thus there are no Walmarts, and it is difficult to find a national chain restaurant. However, the city is filled with delicious local eats.
Boulder is ranked as National Geographic's "Happiest City to Live In." One news outlet wrote, "If happiness is a state of mind, then Boulder is its capital." Boulder has also been ranked by some as the healthiest city in America. In fact, to curb obesity, they voted a soda tax into place in 2018 which taxes soda at two cents per fluid ounce! Boulderites spend their leisure time biking, running, hiking, rock climbing, and camping-all things they can do right in their backyard. The people of Boulder truly take advantage of the beautiful place in which God has created for them to dwell. You cannot build a structure more than four stories tall because it would block the mountain views.
The problem for Boulder, is that they have become more enamored with the creation than they are with the Creator Himself. As a result, according to the Scriptures in Romans 1, because they have not glorified Him as God, the people have been given over to Romans 1 immorality. Boulder prides itself as one of the most LGBT friendly communities in the world. They have given themselves over to mind-numbing substances like marijuana, cocaine, and heroine, which has contributed to the ever-expanding homeless population of Boulder.
Although Boulder professes to be one of the happiest cities in America, the reality is that they are looking for happiness and acceptance in all the wrong places, and in all the wrong substances. However, according to the Scriptures, they are not without hope!
In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, the Apostle Paul writes, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."
Many of the believers in Corinth were given over to the same kind of sin that the people of Boulder are today, including homosexuality and transgender lifestyles, materialism, idolatry, sexual promiscuity, etc... Yet God still forgave them, saved them, and a church was planted there in the mixed of a crooked and perverse culture. We believe God can still do the same today in a place like Boulder. Please pray for the city of Boulder, CO!