With its recent embrace of same-sex “marriage,” the USA has chosen to identify with the notorious ancient city of Sodom. The issue, of course, is not homosexuality per se, but licentiousness – that is, sexual lawlessness. Promiscuity without restraint.
And just as righteous Lot felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by the lawless deeds of Sodom (2 Peter 2:7-8), so those today who hunger and thirst for righteousness feel their souls tormented day after day by the lawless deeds of a sex-saturated American pop culture.
This trend has been going on for at least fifty years. More and more sensuality in television, movies, books, and, in fact, practically all forms of entertainment has become the norm. And the pace of our decline as a culture is quickening. Hardly a week goes by that we are not confronted with an expansion of the permissible in sexual gratification. And quickly after permissible comes the mandate to celebrate what has become permissible. There has come to be a gluttony for pleasure.
Meanwhile, babies continue to be aborted in large numbers while contraceptives are practically ubiquitous. If sex education and contraceptives are supposed to stop unplanned pregnancies, why are there still millions upon millions of abortions?
America has chosen Sodom as its model city, and therefore Sodom’s judgment shall be America’s. As American Christians, we will have to endure those judgments with our countrymen. Yet we can look to God for deliverance in the midst of judgment if we pray for forgiveness and if we seek to live godly before our Lord (2 Chronicles 7:14). God knows how to make a distinction between those who serve Him and those who do not (Malachi
Let us not bow down to the idols of our age. Let us live fully for Him who loved us and released us from our sins by His blood. For if we do not stop sinning, we shall bear the fullness of the judgments that are coming on our land (1 Peter 4:17).
Modern America has become no better than ancient Sodom. As a nation, we have sown the wind…and, as a result, will reap the whirlwind (Hosea 8:7). America’s lusts won the culture wars – if you can call this winning. The victors have no idea of the torrent of evils they are bringing on themselves and the rest of us. Lot and Noah know what it’s like to live in the midst of a morally decadent people who have no idea of the trouble they’ve unleashed. Yes, everyone is going to heaven, but that doesn’t vacate the judgments of God.
Yet there is hope for the godly – even in the midst of destruction (Malachi 3:14-18. So, by all means, live godly in Christ Jesus. Live simply, humbly, and righteously before your Creator. Don’t give up. In due time you shall reap good things if you do not grow weary in doing good (Galatians 6:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:13). Be faithful to Him who has been faithful to you.