Sodom’s Real Sin
Yesterday, I took some time to read Ezekiel in a mass quantity - I read like 27 chapters. It really amazed me the things I learned about the character of God, how he trusted his heart and ways to Ezekiel, and even how God views culture.
One Scripture that really stood out to me was Ezekiel 16:49-50. God is sharing about the sin of Sodom as a warning to His people. He says,
The sin of your sister Sodom was this: She lived with her daughters in the lap of luxury - proud, gluttonous, and lazy. They ignored the oppressed and the poor. The put on airs and lived obscene lives. And you know what happened: I did away with them.
Now, I’m not trying to go on a tangent and seem self-righteous, but this sounds a lot like our culture. It wasn’t just the sin of illicit sex that took Sodom down. We need to confront these sins if they exist in our own lives. Not for fear of destruction, but out of fear and love for God.
- Am I prideful?
- Am I gluttonous?
- Am I lazy?
- Do I ignore the helpless?
- Do I put on airs?
- Do I live obscenely?
Jesus opens the way to be forgiven from any or all of these things. He has pleased God as the sacrifice for our sins. We need to turn to Him to be freed from the coming wrath. God spoke this to a people who were called His people. If we are the people of God, we should bear a resemblance to the family name that we identify with.