Christians and sin

Christians particularly condemn those sins they’re least likely to commit. Those sins are given special attention.

Homosexuality for example.

Certain terms have been applied to homosexuality and homosexuals to describe how sinful they are: such as “sodomy” and sodomite”. What could more blatantly illustrate their depravity considering God destroyed the city of Sodom because of its homosexual associations?

Or did He?

Of course He destroyed Sodom and we are told God destroyed it because of its sin – but was homosexuality the primary sin that moved God to destroy that city?

The ONLY place in scripture where we are told specifically WHAT Sodom’s sin was is in Ezekiel 16

Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen

OUCH! ” …arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy… ”
That hits much closer to home than the common idea that homosexuality in Sodom specifically caused God to destroy the city.
It covers areas of sin that Christians are NOT so keen to address.

9 thoughts on “Christians and sin

  1. During the past two or three weeks, a major Australian politician has been in the spotlight for having an affair with a staff member that was exposed due to a resulting pregnancy.

    Since then questions have been raised about possible misuse of his position and tax payer’s money to perpetuate that relationship.

    In an interview yesterday he said something about it being God’s place to judge him, not the Australian people.

    I think that unrepentant politician (a Catholic) needs to recognise that God is ultimately a much harsher judge than the Australian public.

  2. Amen. That’s the what Ezekiel 16 says, in the only place scripture specifies Sodom’s sin.

    Amazing what we discover when we take scripture on what it says, rather than a perception we all, of course, “know” scripture says.

    Amen ! Thanks, Tim !!

  3. Or, take on what scripture says rather than what we’d prefer it to say.

    How convenient if it was only other people’s sin being condemned and not those things that fall much closer to home.

  4. I suspect that homosexual acts in Sodom would be included in the “detestable things’ mentioned in the Ezekiel quote – but its significant that all of the possible “detestable things” covered by those two words are not pointed out and identified in the same way as those things specified towards the beginning of the quote, which all speak of self-indulgence and lack of concern for those in need.

  5. Indeed…what we “know” scripture says, but it doesn’t: to put the best face on it, ignorance.

    And (as you point out) what we WANT scripture to say, but it doesn’t. That gets into the absolute conflict between our will and God’s, doesn’t it (as your next post says, “Christians And Sin”) ? Which, if we decide it in favor of what we WANT it to say, is rather bald rebellion: in what are usually taken as the thoughts of satan, “I will make myself like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14).

  6. To amplify your opening post, I suspect sexual acts in general along the lines of what was in the hearts at Sodom would be included (and that it is important not to miss a hetero aspect). I will add that homosexual [unless we define the word as only about men, which I do in fact take as a serious possibility but not clear in our society] is a misnomer for what happened in Sodom. The story is reflected also in Judges nineteen. And when we include the additional information we can see that we could choose yet a better word or term.

  7. Haughty, arrogant, unconcerned.

    I remember, also, that it’s part of American history for male individuals to have claimed more food and women to have accepted the scraps (neck meat and so forth). We forget even our own history and downplay how humanity has behaved. Who are the poor and needy? Often women and children, then adults who grew up as orphans [or slaves]. If men don’t care about or are repelled by resonsibility, life warps around them. There is the extreme of the men we see in these stories (in genesis and judges) — and, apparently, the non-extreme of the man with the concubine (holy crap, that was a better person… barely). And then we can look at current society and say it’s not quite enough not to abandon a family. You need to care what you do. And it’s certainly not “enough” (or fitting at all I’d say) to pick on women who don’t want to put up with it all.

  8. I don’t know what word/s would be most descriptive for what the men did sexually. But a word that is the namesake for a town/society destroyed for selfishness should be taken to mean something more like selfishness or self-concern (unconcerned) and greedy, opposing help for poor and needy people: sodomy.

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