"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
Are we a nation of Sodom?
This week the Supreme Court will be hearing two cases regarding same sex marriage. Now before the “equal rights” fan crowd goes crazy I just want to clarify. This piece is not about the political game being played with the institution of marriage. This piece isn’t interested in the benefits of civil union versus marriage. Rather, I wanted to take a moment to reflect historically on how our current culture compares to others in history. You see, this Supreme Court ruling may re-define marriage. Regardless of the ruling, our nation has been moving away from traditional, biblical marriage under the guise of equality and justice for some time now. Even Christians are in support of this move and sit off to the side clapping their hands as our society becomes more “evolved,” “caring” and “enlightened.”
That being said a comparison can be drawn between our society and others throughout history. there is nothing unique about American society historically speaking. To illustrate this point, I am going to throw some adjectives out and let’s see who they seem to describe…
Haughty (acting superior and disdainful in case you were wondering)
Do the words above describe America? I would think that on this point an Atheist and a Christian can agree. America is often described globally as an arrogant nation full of haughty people. Neither, is there any doubt about us being overfed – We are incredibly overweight and by and large a lazy nation. We are more prone to not help someone in dire need than we are to help them. We are a sexually permissive nation that was “freed” by the sexual revolution – to the point there are very few taboos any more. Homosexuality…well that is just part of the freedom that we allow here in America. We are indulgent, often act in immoral ways, and are generally unconcerned with anything that doesn’t directly affect our own bottom line unless it is so incredibly shocking that it basically jumps up and slaps us in the face.
Yep, that is the America that I am an adult in and the America that my children will grow up in.
But why does this matter – Why am I concerned? Well, because these adjectives are the very words used to describe Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible.
Let that sink in for a while….. Still sinking in?
The American society in which we live has now become a nation almost exactly like Sodom. Don’t believe me? Here is a sample scripture… you decide for yourself:
Ezekiel 16:49-50 “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me…”
Liberal theologians are quick to point out (or at least they try to point out) that homosexuality had nothing to do with the destruction of Sodom. They go so far as to say that God has no problem with homosexuality at all. This of course is absolute foolishness and Christians should own the fact that God has rejected homosexuality both through His Word, and in creation. Read this BLOG POST
There is absolutely no doubt that the America we live in fits the biblical description of. The Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage and DOMA may solidify that even more.
So I say…Welcome to the United Sodoms of America. The good ol’ US of A.
So what does this mean? I don’t know but it’s not good. A society that is going out of its way to rip itself from the God of the Bible under the pretense of equality and justice cannot be good. A nation that is ever increasingly turning its back on its Judeo Christian ideals…cannot be good. A nation that is now supporting the single religion of Humanistic Moral Relativism (Atheism) cannot be good.
If you believe that God doesn’t do judgment…you need to go read the Bible (more or again or for the first time). I believe it is just a matter of time before this nation is judged, and it won’t be pretty. The question is, what are we willing to do about it? Are YOU willing to carry the message of the Gospel to your friends and family?