Have you ever given much thought to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah? These are the two cities that God destroys because of their incredible sin. Before deciding what to do with the cities, God says these words in Genesis 18:20-21:
“Then the Lord said, ‘The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.’”
There are two things I get from this passage. First, if you are in a place of helplessness or abuse and are crying out to the Lord but feel as if your situation isn’t changing, remember that it was because of the outcry from these cities that God chose to personally investigate. God hears your cry and is sympathetic to your situation. God loves you and will not leave you in that place if you put your trust in him. And if you are away from him, even if you have a bitter attitude, I implore you to turn to him. Secondly, have you heard preachers say, “If God doesn’t punish America for all of its sins then he will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah?” I’ve heard that said. And I’m not saying that America isn’t in a bad place and getting worse every year, but I would argue that we aren’t as bad as Sodom and Gomorrah… at least not yet. If you don’t believe me, read the story. Men from all throughout the city saw two innocent foreign men enter and they gathered to forcefully break down the door and gang rape these men. Think about it… our word Sodomy comes from the story of Sodom. This was evil to the extreme, and as you read the whole story it gets even worse. Tell me, where in America do we condone that type of behavior? We don’t. I’m not saying that we are a Godly nation with Godly leaders, but to compare us to Sodom and Gomorrah is misleading at best. We need to continually pray for our leaders and lawmakers, so that we don’t go so far off the tracks that we ever consider condoning the public evils that we read about in this story.
The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is an interesting one. In it, we learn that God is well aware of what’s happening on his planet and hears the cries of the abused and broken hearted. We also learn that the evil condition of those two cities is at a level that I haven’t seen in my lifetime; at least not in America. Rape is still against the law even if sodomy is not. Maybe their condition is more comparable to Hitler and the holocaust, or nations where worshipping Jesus can mean your death, but not America. Yes, evil happens in America, but in general, the inhabitants of our country do not condone it. And the level of public abuse that we read about in Sodom and Gomorrah are currently rejected in the United States. So, comparing our nation to those cities, yes, even Las Vegas, the acclaimed “sin city”, in my opinion, does not compare to the biblical account of those two cities.