24 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the LORD out of heaven. 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.
21st Century Application
Before we charge God with being too wrathful in the destruction of cities and nations from the beginning to even today for He is the same God that does NOT change (Malachi 3:6).
Let us examine the moral and ethical breakdown of values which occurred in Sodom and Gomorrah.
Perhaps we have forgotten how much the sin of homosexuality makes God sick—it is an abomination to Him. At its very heart it says “God you got it wrong. What works best is not one man and one woman loving each other”—what it says is, “God we know better.”
And this is precisely the issue in these two cities. One day two “new” dudes show up at Lot’s house and the word gets out--two sharp young men are at Lot's house and instead of young ladies talking about those sharp men something just the opposite happens. A group of men show up at Lot’s door with the intent of each and all having their way with them all night long in a wicked, sick, perverted, ungodly, and wretched way. What God had intended as a wonderful God honoring, God glorifying act, first occurring in the very garden He created, had become a sinful perversion of men doing with men what is a perversion to the glory of God. Any view, opinion, or perspective less than that is a secular, humanistic view which has been corrupted by an ungodly agenda seeking to legitimize an unholy lifestyle.
Then to make matters worse—notice Lot’s response. In a noble attempt to protect the men as their host, Lot offers his two virgin daughters to a savage band of men intent upon knowing sexual pleasure that night. Again what we see is a man whose entire value system had been completely warped by the world he was living within. Daughters who were by God’s single plan to experience the joy of knowing one man are now moments away from being known by male after male all night long—until there is no purity left and nothing to offer their husband as a prize possession of honor and dignity most glorifying to God.
Finally, we see in this passage of scripture that even the girls have been influenced by the world and lack any true commit to glorifying God in maintaining their virginity until God brings them a husband. In Lot’s new home, after being rescued by God’s mercy, the daughters make dad drunk and have their way with him, also in what appears to be noble idea, that is maintaining the seed of father, but this too is a tremendous perversion of God’s intent for families.
Ultimately, God’s patience for revival ran out and the lack of righteous people present in these two cities led to its full and complete destruction with the exception of Lot and two daughters.
What choice did God have? Shall we, as mere sinful mortals, charge God with injustice when the perversion of values and morals is presented right before our faces in the sacred text? How can God remain just and NOT judge? God forbid.
Moreover, the question that begs to be answered is how much time does America have?
Years ago this sin was kept in a closet but those days are over—a radical agenda is seeking to pervert the value system of every man, woman and child until even those made righteous through the finished work of Christ question if homosexuality is really an abomination as presented in the Word of God. Every attempt is being made to normalize what is a perversion. And like our first parents Satan is tempting born-again Bible believing Christians with the same question: “Is that really what God said?”
Maybe those words aren’t the word of God. Maybe Paul was really a homophobe and Romans 1 is not the Word of God; maybe those words are mere human words and not divinely inspired, sacred, God-breathed words, penned by a man inspired by God the Holy Spirit—God forbid.
If it offends you to hear the Word of God proclaimed with boldness, perhaps you need to examine who or what is influencing your value system more than the Bible. Lot, as a righteous man, had a worldview that was just as warped as it can get—is yours?
May every man and woman who has been influenced to change their value system or lifestyle run to the only place of forgiveness--the cross of Jesus Christ--and find the power of the gospel more than sufficient to change their worldview, forgive their sin, and deliver them from a lifestyle of sin.