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Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Sign of the Times

I’m going to shift gears here a bit.  We all know the story of how God rained down fire and brimstone on the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their rampant sexual perversion.  I have heard people make references comparing America to Sodom and Gomorrah.  Here are a few examples of why: 
House Bill 1592 wants to add sexual orientation as a protected group under a hate crimes act.  People would be protected not only for race or color, but now sexual orientation.  Ultimately this bill is seeking to hinder our freedom of speech.  If a minister wants to read Romans 1:27-32, for example, he would be guilty of hate speech.  It has already happened in Canada and England is trying to institute it as well.  Aren’t all violent crimes motivated by hate and punishable by the laws we already have in place?  Why do we need special laws, now, if the crime is against a certain group of people? 

An estimated 400,000 people, mostly gay men, congregated in San Francisco last month, for the 24th annual Folsom Street Fair to celebrate “leather” pride, which is a euphemism for sadomasochism, or S & M.  Police turned a blind eye while all kinds of wild activities were conducted in the streets in broad daylight, things that people normally get arrested for.  You may not have heard about this one because the media doesn’t want their agenda ruined that says the gay lifestyle is made up of people that are in committed loving relationships that last years, rather than people involved in perversion with many, many partners.  I’m not going to comment further on this one, if you want to read more, feel free, just be warned that the articles go into more detail. 

16 guys and 16 girls are competing to win Tila Tequila’s heart on MTV’s new reality match-making show.  Yes, you heard me right, guys and girls!  Again, no comment. 

Now you might be expecting some critical commentary, a harsh word of judgment for those involved in these activities.  But stay with me, I want to point something out that you might not be aware of. Let us turn in our Bibles to Ezekial 16:49-50.  When I read this I thought it was just so interesting.
“Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom (speaking to Jerusalem): she and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.  And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit.”  NKJV

Note that the abomination is listed here last.  I’m not trying to downplay the abomination, perhaps it’s listed last because it was the worst and it was the last straw, if you will.  But does America compare in the other categories?
Pride – America is full of pride, aren’t you proud to be an American?  Americas think they are better than any other country on earth.  We have a lot to be proud of, we’re a political superpower, are thought of as a wealthy nation, have more liberties than probably any other country (correct me if I’m wrong), but I don’t think that the Pilgrims or the Puritans, nearly 400 years ago, were full of pride, but rather gratitude to God for the freedoms they were enjoying in this land.  Let’s not forget the God that made it possible for us to have all these freedoms, freedom to worship how we choose, freedom to vote for who we choose…I could go on and on.  James 4:6

Fullness of Food – I know there are areas of America that are suffering, but I think as a whole, the majority have an abundance of food.  You can get government assistance to buy food.  There is a lot of food here that goes to waste, people overfill their plates and then can’t eat all of it.  Unfortunately the bulk of the food sold in America is terrible junk, but I think we can agree that America has abundance in the area of food and, for that matter, material goods.

Abundance of Idleness – Isn’t it the American dream to get a good degree at a good college so that we can get a cushy job and make a lot of money not doing a lot of work so we can have more free time to pursue leisure?  We live for our weekends and evenings.  The clock strikes 5 and we are running out of the office.  People bemoan Mondays.  These days people retire younger than in the old days; most people want to do anything else in life but work.  Proverbs 13:4 comes to mind, “The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.”  Or how about Proverbs 19:15, “Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.”  Are we being productive with our time?  Are our activities producing fruit?  There is a time and place for leisure, it can be stress relieving, but we must have a balance of work and leisure.  Whether an activity produces monetary reward is not important, but whether it’s producing good things in our lives or in the lives of those around us.  We really will benefit from a six-day workweek the way God designed, rather than the five-day week we’re are accustomed to.  Take some of your time to invest in your kids, fix up your house (boosting it’s value), volunteer your time, etc.

Do we strengthen the hand of the poor and needy as a nation?  Our welfare system breeds poverty.  There isn’t an incentive to get off of welfare.  We’re not truly helping them. (This is said as a whole again, I know there are many good charities in our country that are helping the poor and spreading the gospel message.)

Haughty – the Hebrew word used here is gabahh.  The definition is to soar, that is, to be lofty, be proud, lift up, make higher, exalt.  I think humanity, as a whole is guilty of this one.  They think they can do it themselves, fix their problems, heal their sicknesses, find peace within themselves, and more.  Humans as a group don’t feel they need God; they lift themselves up and exalt themselves over God.

We can’t go around telling people how to change, but we can look inward and repent from our own wrongdoings.  II Chronicles 7:14 says, “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  This verse is talking to us, followers of Christ; we shouldn’t be shocked at the world’s sin, they don’t know any better, but we should!

2 comments:

  1. Shannon,
    Very insightful and loving, thanks for your comments. Its good to know that other people are out there that feel we have lost our sense of right and wrong in the name of being politically correct.

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  2. very well said. it's nice to know others see the problems also with the "welfare" system and how it enables instead of helps like it should. i really think it needs to be changed badly.

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