Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Our Sister Sodom: We're worse than we think!
We're all familiar with the biblical account of God's destruction of the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. What sticks with us about their evil is their sexual sin, thus the coining of the term "sodomy". It's hard for me to even read the story of Lot offering his daughters to appease the men of Sodom, in an effort to prevent them from attacking his angelic visitors. We come away from the account with an uderstanding of how much God hates sin and that wickedness brings condemnation. But how tempting it is to say in our hearts that we are not wicked like Sodom. I mean, sure there's immorality around, but America isn't nearly so wicked as Sodom, right? Check this out:
Behold this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it. Ezekiel 16:49-50
The sins of Sodom don't sound so different from the sins of our own nation, or even our churches, do they? Prosperity, excess, ease, and the failure to reach out to the poor and needy. Unfortunately this hits way too close to home for me.
This is exactly what the book Radical: Taking back your faith from the American dream is about. Let's buck the sins of the culture and begin reaching out with our excess. In humility, let us acknowledge that everything we have is a gift from God, and not ours by our own merits. (I'm preaching to myself here.) Giving to the poor and needy is not just an exercise in generosity. It's an act of obedience.
- I'm an on-the-run mom to 6 kids who studied and taught exercise science in a previous life. I love all things running, nutrition, and health-related. I usually run at zero dark thirty in the morning and am often quite hungry before, during, and after my run, but I live a rich, full, blessed life with my children, family, and friends. My faith in God is my anchor, and looking to Him and His promises allows me to live fully even when life circumstances are difficult. While running gives me an appetite, my desire is to hunger and thirst for righteousness more than for physical food.