Genesis 19: 1-17
Sodom was one of the ancient cities in the Bible days. In those days, immorality of all sort manifested. Sodomy was one of those grievous sins for which God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Sodomy simply put, is an unnatural sex relationship with the same sex.
When it occurs between beings, it is refers to as homosexuality. It is called lesbianism when it is between females. Such was the spiritual state of Sodom and it is the case in some advanced countries (so called Christian Countries) in our contemporary times.
Immorality is not only sin against God but also against the human body. His temple. God reacts sharply to it and severely punishes its victims. The whole of Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed with brimstones from heaven in one day. Paul, writing to the Corinthian church, cautioned them to flee fornication. “For every sin that a man doeth is without the body but he the committed fornication sinneth against his own body” (1Corinthians 10:8). To us today, neither let us commit “immorality of any sort, as some of them committed and fell in one day three and twenty thousand” (1Corinthians 10:8). These victims were destroyed by plague according to Numbers 25:1, 9. Today, ‘AIDS’, another deadly plague, is claiming thousands of lives around the world.
Like Lot, you can live right and righteous in the corner you are and as a light, you can brighten it. The scripture testified of Lot that “while dwelling among them, seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds” (2 Peter 2:8). He lived as a saint in Sodom. His just and pure life earned him God’s gracious escape at the destruction of the wicked around him. He did not allow the corruptions of the time to influence his life.
While endeavouring not to be contaminated by the ills of this world, the Christian should strive to positively influence the world because he is the light and salt of the world “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall he be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid” (Matthew 5:13-14). He should live the life and preach the gospel. He should live as a pilgrim keeping his constant view his ultimate – the “City whose Maker and builder is God”. As an ambassador of God’s kingdom, (2Corinthians 5:20), he should project that image of heaven and “shine as light” (Philippians 2:15). Like Lot, he should warn the people around him of the impending judgment and present the saving grace of Christ “And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in-law, which marries his daughters, and said. Up, get you out of this place: For the Lord will destroy this city. But seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in-law” (Genesis 19:14),
In addition, he must live soberly, righteously and godly, denying ungodliness and worldly lust in this present world. He must constantly await the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ (Titus 2:11-13).
Akinbowale Isaac Adewumi