Image via Wikipedia"Champagne corks popped, rainbow flags flapped and crowds embraced and danced in the streets of Manhattan's Greenwich Village as New York became the sixth and largest state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage." So reads the first paragraph of an Associated Press release on yesterday's historic legislation of same-sex marriage. Another report states that New York has 42,000 same-sex couples and that the passage of this bill can have tremendous moral and political impact for the rest of the country. Already New York is gearing to make New York the primary destination for gay weddings.
With head in my hands, I groan. When, in this the twenty-first century we are behaving like Sodom and Gomorrah, I have to ask, "Where are we? Where are we heading?" What do we expect of God in the days, months and years ahead? For answer, we have to look to the Bible. The story of Sodom and Gomorrah begins with Lot parting company with his brother, Abram, and moving to this place.
"Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, toward Zoar" (Genesis 13:10). How many people extol the sights and grandeur of New York? It's one of the most exciting cities in the world - "the city that never sleeps." But make no mistake, the same fate that befell Sodom and Gomorrah will befall New York and the United States if we don't turn away from our wickedness.
"Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah--from the LORD out of the heavens.25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities--and also the vegetation in the land" (19: 24-25).
Prior to the destruction of the cities, Abraham pleaded with God to spare them for the sake of the righteous who lived there. God promised him that He would spare them if He found ten righteous. Unfortunately, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, but, look at this: Zoar, the town that Lot fled to was spared.
Friends, God will save us if we will hold fast to our integrity. David said in Psalm 25, "May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you" (v 21). Our integrity and uprightness can protect us. We don't have to perish with Sodom and Gomorrah. God clearly states that homosexuality is an abomination. Refuse to be a part of the sinful lifestyle you see around you. Flee, as Lot did, and God will protect you.