18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
My take on this, seemingly, unforgiving passage, is not that God is some omniscient party pooper who is ready to smite anyone who is having a good time. Rather he (or she or whatever suitable singular nominative pronoun you wish to use) represents the antithesis of all the motivations, actions & consequences of all human-generated acts of malevolence, acts where Truth and Love are absent. God stands apart from this “sin” (wickedness) and in his Being – absent by definition from these wicked acts (he is the Truth, his essence is Love), he bears witness against that which is opposite to, and therefore in opposition to, him. If one places oneself in opposition to God then one is placing themselves in opposition to Being itself – that which is the essence of creation and within which, as an integral part, we find our meaning.
Our loss of connection to Being & therefore also to creation results in a Loss of meaning, this is the price we pay for disobedience! A life of meaninglessness is God absent- his absence is his wrath!