Genesis, the first book in the Bible, is the book of beginnings. It describes the beginning of human history, recorded back to the first man and woman who ever lived. In Genesis we learn history from a Biblical perspective about people, places, successes and failures. We learn how the first creation totally failed and was destroyed. There was a second one, a restart, after the universal flood of Noah’s time. Today we are going to learn about the example and legacy of two cities known as Sodom and Gomorrah.
Sodom and Gomorrah were two cities located in the Middle East along the Jordan River in an area known as Canaan. Genesis tells how and why these two cities were destroyed, along with other cities in that area. If we are willing to listen and learn, we can gain profound and valuable lessons from what these cities experienced. In a recent article, I shared the historic significance of Noah and the universal flood that greatly impacted the world. The Sodom and Gomorrah story also sends a very clear message to us today if we will listen and learn.
I think we can conclude with very little consideration that our world is in a mess today. We have witnessed unbelievable events over the last few months. We have been engulfed in a world-wide Covid-19 pandemic. Pandemics much worse than our present one have affected the world from time to time during A.D. history. In 540 there was the Justinian Plague, in 1340 there was the Bubonic plague, in 1918 there was the Spanish flu virus. There were many more pandemics but these ones were the most notable and devastating. These pandemics resulted in millions of deaths and totally upset the economies of the world of their time. The world eventually recovered and went forward. We are now witnessing the riots in the USA, and around the world, with death chants to police. Politicians and authorities are caving in to rioters’ desires with hopes of retaining political power. We have to wonder where is all this leading? Is there ever going to be a “normal” again? Will we ever experience a normal Canada, normal travel and normal shopping again? It is very difficult to say at this point but I strongly urge all readers to seek answers from the Bible.
I will give my Biblical perspective to this and you can sort out in your mind which you want to believe. Our countries have forsaken God and we are beginning to reap the consequences for doing so. First, I want to express to all readers that, at one time, I would never have listened to a Biblical perspective about anything. I would have shrugged it off as old-fashion and out-of-date. I used to think that church and the Bible was for old ladies and little kids but not for men. However, in 1976, as a 21 year-old, a few things really shook my life and world. One was an airplane accident August 28, 1976. I was just starting my aviation career and was flying as co-pilot on a flight returning from Yellowknife to Prince Albert when fog closed in on the Prince Albert airport. We did several instrument approaches in the well-equipped aircraft but something went wrong on the last approach and the airplane crashed into a field doing 160 mph in the middle of the night with less than ½ mile visibility. The airplane burst into flames. There came the realization to those now safely outside the aircraft that I was still trapped in the plane. Thankfully, two men were brave enough to go back into the burning plane filled with jet fuel to drag me unconscious out of the co-pilot seat down the isle of the aircraft to the exit door. When I became conscious outside the plane, I saw fog, fire and a person walking around covered with blood. I thought for a split second of time that I was in hell. Don’t ask me why, where or how that thought came into my mind but that is a memory I have until this day. God used that accident to get my attention, to start my considering eternal things for the first time in my life. I started giving serious thought about God, with lots of questions that needed answering.
At Christmas, 1976, my mother in British Columbia gave me my very first Bible. (If anyone wants to see that Bible it is in a glass case at our church.) I started reading the Bible in January 1977 after returning to my flying job in Saskatchewan. In those early days the Bible did not make much sense to me. In fact, I found reading it very frustrating at times. One of those places was when I came across the Sodom and Gomorrah account in the book of Genesis. I remember the Sodom and Gomorrah story as a strange lesson about a woman turning to a pillar of salt, who looked back at Sodom after being warned not to leave Sodom. Today, I understand it in context of its lesson to all generations in the future. Noah’s flood and Sodom and Gomorrah are both used as examples to demonstrate a warning, and the reality that God will judge sin. He will judge sinful living, sinful nations and a sinful world again. The only way to avoid that judgment is to repent and believe on the one who took all of our judgment for our sin, the Son of God, Jesus Christ. If you reject his offer of taking your judgment then you are on your own and it is not going to turn out very good in the end. I believed and confessed Christ as Saviour in 1977 after several months of seeking, studying and pondering Bible truths. It was the biggest life changer for me ever and I can say now, 40 years later, that it was the best decision I have ever made.
I really believe that we are getting the first glimpses in our world today of another Sodom and Gomorrah episode. The conservative Biblical fabric that made our nations in the West the envy of the world is starting to come apart. Conservative people are all watching with dismay at many controversial issues like climate change, gun control, defunding the police. Last week the headlines announced that Austin, Texas, is cutting their police budget by $150 million dollars, you watch Canada will soon be following suit with this nonsense. It is insanity to think we are going to make a more stable peaceful, prosperous society with less law and order. Laws are the ABC’s for a society of peace and stability. Remove those things and a city or country is on its way to chaos. By the way, it all started when it was decided to take the Bible out of our schools, and Universities then make it mandatory in the curriculum to teach our children that believing and teaching about God is foolishness. Now we are teaching that sodomy is acceptable, thereby sowing the seeds of Sodom and Gomorrah everywhere. We had better wake up and change our course or we will deeply regret it, if it is not already too late. The first thing that began to happen both before the flood and also in Sodom was violence connected with twisted sexual perversion of all types. Sodomy includes all types of sexual perversion as defined in the Webster dictionary as crimes against nature or sexual perversion contrary to what God originally created and intended. One verse in the New Testament makes it clear that God will judge sexual sins. Heb. 13:4: Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
Jude 1:7 sums up the tragic end of Sodom and Gomorrah: Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
My dear friends, what will it take to change our course, our nation? We need to consider where we came from in our country and make attempts to correct some things quickly. We need to make a change in our priorities and start getting our families to good churches. Find a church that teaches the Bible from cover to cover as God’s Word. Look for a church where everyone in church carries a Bible to church and the pastor teaches from the Bible and esteems it as the Word of God. In the days of Sodom, God told Abraham, “If I can find ten righteous people, I will spare Sodom.” But there was not even ten who qualified as righteous. What would God find today in our area? Would you qualify as someone that possessed the righteousness to avert the judgment of God? Sodom could have been spared. And so can you and our country.
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