Today’s Reading: Genesis 19.
(Context: The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.)
Chapter 19 is one of the most disturbing chapters in the entirety of Scripture, and human sin is the culprit. Let’s take a look at the basic story-line:
Two angels in human form visit Lot, who has moved in to the opulent and famous cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. In classic fashion, Lot invites them in and treats them with the utmost honor, only to have a visit of the men of the city. They ask to have homosexual intercourse with the visitors, and Lot tries to stall them. He might have lost his life, had not the angels saved him. They all leave promptly, as incoming destruction is on the horizon. The Lot’s family is clearly not too different from the Sodomites, yet God spares them because of Abraham’s pleading. Lot’s wife is killed as she looks back on the city—where her things were, her friends, her life. Not long after, Lot settles in a cave in a mountain, likely out of fear and pride (not wanting to return to Abraham), and there his two daughters have a child with their father, in disgusting fashion. As has been expressed by many before, that they were out of Sodom, but Sodom wasn’t out of them.
In the past I have made much of the devastating reality of homosexuality that the author, Moses, brings to life in this chapter. Liberal Theologians and cultural Christians would prefer Genesis 19 not be in the Bible, along with Romans 1, along with other passages and verses in God’s Word. While many preachers and “politically correct” Christians will shy away from such a passage, I will not do such. It is the Christians’ job to read and interpret what God wants to say, and this passage is not only in the Bible, it is a crucial teaching that is entirely applicable to our societies today.
Let us read what the Scripture says about the homosexual lifestyle of those in Sodom and Gomorrah:
But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.” But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down. But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door. (Genesis 19:4-10, ESV)
Since the NET is a little clearer here, let’s look at the central verses again:
Before they could lie down to sleep, all the men — both young and old, from every part of the city of Sodom — surrounded the house. They shouted to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so we can have sex with them!” (Genesis 19:4-5)
Homosexuality is growing rapidly in most Western Societies today, and Christians are standing back with their hands in their pockets, shrugging their shoulders. Many are simply accepting it as a reality, accepting it as even being OK in the church. Some say, “Oh, its genetic”, or “they were born that way”. We hear the news tell us how “intolerant” we are if we reject these people who just want to “be happy, like everyone else”.
Well, God disagrees, and that’s more important than being “politically correct”:
1. “All the men”, Scripture says, without exception. Homosexuality is a choice, especially attractive for those who have not had a complete home growing up. Homosexuality is based on peer pressure, and those who join their ranks often join young, as a homosexual slogan goes: “Sex before eight or it’s too late”.
2. “Sex with them”, clearly the desire of these men is to rape other men, perhaps even to death, in the case of Lot. There is no way to reinterpret this passage, the NET Bible being an especially clear and interpretation-free translation.
3. “We will deal worse with you”, they tell Lot as he tries to protect his house-guests. Violence often goes hand-in-hand with homosexual, immoral behavior, as is clearly recorded on a historical level. The intolerance lies in those who love sin. Sin is tolerant of sin, hating anything good, pure, and true.
In conclusion, homosexuality is not genetic, and science has never shown this to be true. I could show a lot of evidence about this, on a scientific level, but we will leave it here. Homosexuality is also based on peer pressure, whereas an entire culture could become homosexual and bisexual. Also, if homosexuality continues to get a foothold in our communities and societies, we will be exposed to extreme intolerance and persecution in standing up for the truth.
Will you stand up for the truth before it’s too late?
Will you love the people caught in homosexuality, enough to help them?
Homosexuals are people, sinners like all of us, caught-up in a terrible and deadly cycle that leads them to dissatisfaction, insatiability, and hopelessness. They need Jesus. They need true love, true joy, and true hope. You know Jesus, show Him to them!