We read of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in today’s passages. Many wonder why Christ has not returned as of yet to destroy the sinful people of this world, and begin His reign in the promised New Heaven and New Earth with those He has saved. I believe the stories of Noah’s Ark and Sodom and Gomorrah as well as the story of the Israelites taking the land of Canaan all provide insight into this question. In each instance God allowed mankind to go his own way until there few, if any, people left to redeem. There is a point past which a person’s heart is so hardened against God that even tangible, in your face evidence of coming calamity will not return them to God. The twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were places where this truth was clearly demonstrated.
Abraham begged God to spare Sodom its coming judgment for the sake of 10 righteous people. He was hoping to save his nephew Lot and thought that surely there had to be at least 10 righteous people in that city. He was wrong. Even his nephew was not a righteous man. When the angels came to Sodom, they found Lot “sitting in the gate” (Gen. 19:1). The elders or leaders of a town would sit in the gate of the city. It is where the people would come to have their complaints heard and adjudicated. Lot had become one of them. Notice that when he sees the angels of the Lord he knows immediately who they are and he acts as one who is embarrassed to have them there. He knows what the city is like and what God would think of their behavior.
The English word “Sodomy” comes from the name of this city. It is a term used to describe a particular sexual act often performed in homosexual relations. It has been well understood for thousands of years that one of the sins for which Sodom stood condemned was the pervasive practice of homosexuality. Now it seems that whenever someone states that homosexuality is a sin, they are immediately labeled as some kind of hatemonger or “homophobe”. This is typical shoot the messenger behavior. I don’t get to decide what is sin and what is not sin and neither does anyone else – other than the Creator of it all, God. If you want to say that the God of all creation is hatemonger or homophobe, well, just let me get a head start in getting far away from you before you do it.
There is a “Religion” professor at Vanderbilt here in Nashville Tennessee, whom I am told wrote a book stating that the people of Sodom did not want to rape the angels of God and perform homosexual sex with them, but rather they just wanted to welcome them to their fair city and be hospitable as their culture required of them at the time. I wonder if she really read the text. Why would they say they would do worse to Lot than they planned to do to the visitors unless they planned something bad? Why would Lot offer his daughters as substitutes for their plan? No the text is clear; these denizens of Sodom wanted to rape the visitors through forced homosexual activity. The Bible says in numerous places this is not only wrong but sin.
We live in a society today which seems to be taking the path of Sodom. Homosexual practice is being encouraged in our schools and celebrated in our city halls. Anyone who points people toward righteousness are viewed as enemies of the nation. They cry “who are you to judge”. I want to throw their own words back at them – who are they to judge. God decides what is right and wrong – not man. Now most of us are afraid to address this issue; we are afraid of the persecution that is sure to come when one speaks about this issue. I worry less about politics, however, than about individual people. Sodom was made up of individual people who chose to put their will against Gods’; they chose to define their own morality with no regard for God’s true morality. As go the people, so goes a nation.
We Christians cannot fight God’s battles with Satan’s tools. Politics is a tool of Satan. When Christ gave the great commission, He instructed us to share the Gospel with the Lost. I am unfamiliar with any instance of true morality coming to a people because a law was passed. I am aware of nations being changed as revival swept through the land. As Christians went out and shared their faith, the Holy Spirit worked in the hearts of the Lost to lead them to salvation. The Gospel and the Holy Spirit are the tools of God. This is the only hope for the world. I could be selfish and avoid the name calling and various aspersions that are cast upon those who speak the truth in love, but I don’t really have that option.
Those that practice a homosexual lifestyle are playing in the middle of the street called God’s righteousness; they are completely unaware of God’s wrath bearing down on them. I see that wrath coming. Is it loving, is it kind, is it righteous to keep my mouth shut concerning what is about to take place? Worse still, should I shout “Everything is fine, just keep doing what you’re doing”? No brothers, we are called to yell “look out”! It is the right, the moral, the loving thing to do.