Sodom & Gomorrah and the Modern Church

By Danni Moss
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My previous post about church leaders and homosexuality opened up another interesting point, so I thought I’d dig around in it a bit.

In church, I grew up being taught that Sodom and Gommorah were destroyed because of homosexuality. Actually, the Bible says these cities were destroyed because “they were wicked and sinners” (Gen. 13:13) and makes no specific or implied connection between homosexuality and their destruction.

Even more clearly, Ezekiel 16:49 says, “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.” God very succinctly spells out exactly why He destroyed Sodom and Gommorah and that list did not include homosexuality. It was because of:

  • Pride — and religious pride is the worst sort because it masquerades as humility
  • Gluttony and/or being characterized by excessive self-gratification
  • Idleness
  • Lack of concern for those in need; specifically lack of active involvement in helping the needy change their lives

Now, if there was ever a verse that more clearly described our culture, and even more specifically the modern Christian church, I don’t know what it could be!

How often do we hear preachers go on about how God is going to destroy our country like He did Sodom and Gomorrah because of our stance on homosexuality? From the Word it looks more likely that He would destroy it because the church has become characterized by pride, self-gratification, idleness, and inaction toward those in need.

Another interesting point to note, when God told Abraham He was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham pleaded for the cities (Gen. 18). Ultimately, God said He would spare the cities if there were just ten righteous people living there. Just ten righteous people between the two cities would have saved them all. And Lot’s family, who lived in Sodom, included at least 8 people.

It is apparent, through the course of the narrative, that not even Lot’s immediate family were righteous. But if Lot had reached just his own family and in-laws the requirement for ten righteous people would have been met and all the lives in those two cities would have been spared. And the church wants to point the finger at homosexuality?

In the church we spend so much time pointing fingers outward, when we have enough issues inside our own doors to keep us plenty busy with self-correction. The rest would most likely work itself out in the process of Christians living out relationship with Christ if we would just be responsible for getting our own affairs in order. If we truly want to affect society, looking inside our own hearts and our own pews will be more effective than all the political action we can generate.

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