On Friday, June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States of America made what is going to go down as a major decision. It ruled that laws prohibiting gay marriage were unconstitutional and that all 50 states must acknowledge and perform marriages for same sex couples. Needless to say, twitter was celebratory:
The world is celebrating, but I’m not worried about the world. The world’s reaction is expected, it’s not surprising, and it isn’t noteworthy. I’m not writing on this blog to talk about the world celebrating sin. The world has been celebrating sin since Adam and Eve fell in the Garden of Eden.
What I want to discuss and look deeper at is the Christian response to what happened. For instance, take a look at these tweets:
Christians are going on and on and on about how America is now Sodom and Gomorrah, how America’s fate is sealed and God’s wrath is imminent, and how what America has done is even worse than what Sodom did.
So let’s back up a moment and let’s do something radical. Let’s read what is said about Sodom and Gomorrah’s sin. All throughout the Bible in all the mentions of what happened to these cursed cities, there are only two places where the actual sin of these cities is mentioned.
First is in the actual story in the book of Genesis.
So we will quote the second mention first:
Ezekiel 16:48 As I live, saith the Lord God, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters.
49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.
So Ezekiel mentions the sin of Sodom. It says that Sodom was prideful, gluttonous, idle, and ignored the poor. It then continues to say the big word that also gets thrown around on this topic: abomination. Sodom committed abomination before God.
Many Christians have been speaking of that word in the last few days as if the only sin that could be described as an abomination is homosexuality. Now, it is mentioned as an abomination in the Scripture, but it is not the only abomination. At least 58 things are called an abomination in the Scriptures, so let’s just submit a partial list:
- Sins of all men (Psalm 53:1)
- Customs of pagans (Leviticus 18:30)
- Pride (Proverbs 6:16-19, 16:5)
- Lying (Proverbs 6:16-19)
- Murder (Proverbs 6:16-19, Ezekiel 18:6-13)
- Wicked imaginations (Proverbs 6:16-19)
- Mischief (Proverbs 6:16-19)
- Sowing discord (Proverbs 6:16-19)
- Homosexuality (Lev. 18:22, 20:13, Deut 23:18)
- Idolatry (Dt. 12:31)
- Incense offered by hypocrites (Isaiah 1:13)
- Human sacrifices (Jeremiah 32:35)
- Robbery (Ezekiel 18:6-13)
- Adultery (Ezekiel 18:6-13)
- Lending money to a brother with interest (Ezekiel 18:6-13)
- Having sex with a menstruating woman (Ezekiel 18:6-13)
- Injustice (Ezekiel 18:6-13)
- Worship of the antichrist (Daniel 11:31, Matthew 24:15, Revelation 13)
- Things highly esteemed by man (Luke 16:15)
Let us be clear before we move forward. Yes, homosexuality is an abomination. It is. The world can hate me for saying it, but God does not and will never approve of homosexuality. It is a sin. It will not stand in His presence. But it is far from the only abomination. So, Christians, when we speak of homosexuality as an abomination, let’s remember that every single one of us is also abominable before God. We have all committed abominations and we are all guilty of eternal damnation without the blood of the Lamb.
The question is what is the abomination of Sodom and Gomorrah? Well, let’s look at the original mention of their sin in the book of Genesis. In Genesis 13 Lot chooses to move towards Sodom. By Genesis 18 Lot is living in Sodom and God comes to Abraham telling him that God will destroy Sodom. Abraham negotiates with God (we’ll get to this later) and God agrees that if there are 10 righteous in the cities that God will spare the entirety of the cities from His wrath.