I think that we have all heard or read the text from Genesis 19 where the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is attributed to it’s sexual sin. But as Paul Harvey would have said – here’s the rest of the story;
The sins of those two towns doesn’t begin and end with Genesis 19. For a glimpse at the remainder of the tale, we need to look at Ezek 16:49. It reads as follows;
“‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.”
I think that it’s easy for us to condemn homosexuals – their sin is so obvious on the outside and they are an easy mark for us to focus on. We also sin similarly, but on the inside, where nobody except God can see. Jesus said that whenever we look at a woman with lust in our heart, we commit adultery. Think of pornography, have you looked at pornography in the last month or two? Have you looked at a woman in the supermarket, or in the street, and entertained lust in your heart? Then don’t criticize homosexuals, it is hypocrisy. Jesus condemned the Pharisees most severely for doing just this.
If this (pornography) isn’t America’s worst sin, then it’s the next one; “arrogant, overfed and unconcerned – they didn’t help the poor and needy”. Gluttony (being overfed) is listed as one of the worst of sins, as in Phil 3:18-19;
“For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears,many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.”
You haven’t heard these verses preached on in your church lately, have you? It might upset some of the paying customers in their seats. We, as the church, have to repent of our own sins – pull first the plank from our own eye, then after we have fixed that, concern ourselves with the splinter in our homosexual brother’s eye. And not by condemning him or her, but by praying for them!