I am reading a book by Charles Swindoll called: “Abraham: One Nomad’s Amazing Journey of Faith.” In it Charles includes a very convicting chapter on Genesis 19 and the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah. It is a word for today’s church.
I am a firm believer that things are improving in many ways but I don’t think anyone could say that things have been improving over my lifetime morally. There has been more concern for social justice expressed among the richer young people, more eradication of absolute poverty, more education, better living standards for nearly everyone and a less polluted environment in many places. All these things are good and can in large part be ascribed to charitable impulses arising from Christians who have been reading their bibles, listening to God and making changes to their lives and the lives of those around them accordingly, often empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is good to see accounts of people like Desmond Doss in the Mel Gibson film “Hacksaw Ridge”, and Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln”. There are good men & women out there, we know many who are giving their lives selflessly in many places around the world, some at great cost to themselves.
However it is also impossible to deny that many forms of immorality are on the increase. Things that my ancestors would have thought gross immorality are now lauded as virtues by the peers of my descendents. The continuous and unrelenting destruction of innocent life by the hands of their mothers and colluding medical staff – if you had told someone at the beginning of the 20th Century that such behaviour was going to be protected by the law at the wishes of the majority of the people, very few would have believed you. If you had also told my ancestors that we would have a openly homosexual Taoiseach and an openly practicing lesbian (and witch) as our Minister for Children – well no one would believe you 100 years ago. Or even 50 years ago. Most young people would laugh at the idea that having sex before marriage was somehow wrong and they don’t know what fornication means. Adultery is so common no one remarks on it much.
The inevitable consequence of our continuing tolerance of this downward slide among our people here in Ireland and across the western world is judgement. It cannot be otherwise. Somewhere along the line God is going to say “Enough.” and end it all. He did it at the Flood, at Babel, at Sodom & Gomorrah and He will do it again. Most likely in the next 20 years or so He will usher in a new age during which He will rule the nations with a rod of iron (Psalm 2:9, Rev. 2:27, 19:15). You won’t want to be on the wrong end of that rod when it comes.
On our part we need to be sure we are not becoming like Lot, insensitised, perverted and too fond of the comforts that the improvements are bringing about to want to lift our heads above the parapet and call a spade, a spade.