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Ezekiel 16:43-17:24


I want to pose a question to make us think, but only after I make a statement based on what I believe to be a truth, “We live in a cause and effect world.” And that world operates in cycles.
Gen 8: 22 "As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease."

If the earth is still in operation then things come and go in cycles, thus there is nothing new under the sun as stated by Solomon (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Then what has happened in Sodom is happening today.

We Christians seem to have a single sighted view of Sodom’s demise and point to homosexuality as the cause. We may see it as the cause but I believe that what we accuse her of doing is not a cause but an effect and consequence of pride, laziness and gluttony.

46 "Your older sister was Samaria, who lived with her daughters in the north. Your younger sister was Sodom, who lived with her daughters in the south. 47 But you have not merely sinned as they did--no, that was nothing to you. In a very short time you far surpassed them! 48 As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, Sodom and her daughters were never as wicked as you and your daughters. 49 Sodom's sins were pride, laziness, and gluttony, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. 50 She was proud and did loathsome things, so I wiped her out, as you have seen. (Ezekiel 16)


Three things caused her to fall. Are these three things lying at our doorstep, yet we refuse to recognize them for who and what they are? Are they the elephants in our living room everyone refuses to acknowledge? We are an overweight nation. We blame everyone but our own gluttony and our failure to exercise. We have not humbled ourselves as a nation, as Christians to accept responsibility for our overeating because, we are after all Christians. We know that Christians don’t commit sins and if we do we don’t have to take responsibility for them because after all, we are Christians and Christians are always right.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

49 Sodom's sins were pride, laziness, and gluttony, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. These are sins of Complacency. It is a similar thing which happens to us Christians after we become saved. We enjoy the gift of salvation for a while, then we become complacent. We forget what Jesus saved us from, and we bask in the comfort that other Christians in church are just like us, a regular Joe. The Devil doesn't have to do anything, he just have to wait awhile, and like a dog we go back to what is comfortable. It may not exactly be the same but this is what we do to rationalize our after salvation behavior.
The poor and needy who is suffering outside our door may not be poor or needy physically but poor and needy spiritually. They are looking at us with hungry eyes to see if there is something special about being a Christian. They also want something different for themselves. We may have found something when we became saved but then lost it along the way. We still claim to be Christian and go to church but what the poor and hungry see is just our complacent shells of what we once were. They still remain poor and hungry and we are also but don't know it. We rationalize.

I guess I should not have ended my last comment there. There is a solution to all this complacency. The solution is true repentance. Obedience to God is not an option but it is mandatory. The joy of salvation only lasts when you obey God. People would see our obedience and joy and not hunger any more. We would stop feeling hungry too!

Romana, that was my key focus on this reading as well. It is interesting the order of sins of Sodom.

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