Ezekiel 16:49 states, “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hands of the poor and needy.” Hmm, I thought homosexuality was the number one reason for the destruction of Sodom? Apparently not. Read the whole chapter. Israel, who was God’s chosen, were committing more atrocities than the countries around her. Just like Sodom, our modern churches are committing just as much sin as the world.
I bring this Scripture to light to explain how relevant this verse is for today. Pride is what brought the demise of Satan. He thought he could overthrow God because he was such a great singer and so beautiful. Kind of like our stages in church on Sundays across this land — Who can sing the best. Who can wear the skinny jeans; and who can look so beautiful. Worship leaders have to be so careful with pride and haughtiness. Singing to Father with hearts full of pride and arrogance is a grave sin, probably worse than any other sins. God destroyed Sodom because of pride. Why can’t He do the same to us? Repent!
Secondly, “fullness of bread.” We, as a nation, have an addiction to our food. Food Network, pot blessings at church. Cakes, pies, delicacies of all kinds. We have made food our idol. Indulging in fast food and twinkies and then you wonder why you are sick. Making our bellies our god can destroy us — just a slower kind of death than what Sodom had. Repent!
Thirdly, idleness. We have a worker shortage in our nation. People sitting on their “blessed assurances” rather than getting out into the workforce. Idleness is a sign of giving up. Depression. Not caring if this nation sinks or swims. Idleness destroys not only the person who just sits but it also destroys the family. When one isn’t producing for the strength of society then there is no prosperity.
This is our nation. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Get up and fill out applications and pound the pavement. There are jobs everywhere. Help your fellow man by giving him your blood, sweat, and tears. Hard work pays great dividends. God destroys those who are idle. Repent!
Lastly, not helping the poor and needy. It seems our communities have a pretty good grasp on what it means to help the poor and needy. You see food pantries and shelters and many programs to help the downtrodden. I don’t think this just means giving out free food and clothing, but to take the time as neighbors to truly care and love your fellow man or woman. It’s rather easy to hand out a bag of groceries, which is a beautiful thing, but when push comes to shove, will you take that extra minute to ask and really care how people are feeling inside?
So many are in turmoil with headline news, can you stop and take the time to comfort the poor and needy who are scared? I say this quite often: “you know what kind of person you are when your phone rings at midnight.” Life isn’t always about you and your schedules. The greatest blessings come when you least expect it. Repent of self-centeredness and not caring for others. Repent!
In closing, pride, fullness of bread, idleness, and forgetting to care for the poor and needy are actions that caused Father to bring judgment upon cities. The same sins that are still dogging us now. National sins produce national judgment. Lot, who was righteous, and his family, were saved from the destruction of Sodom. Lot’s wife looked back because her heart was for the world and she was turned into a pillar of salt. How many today are like Lot’s wife? Hungry and longing for the world’s delicacies. God judged Sodom and Gomorrah, but He also judged Lot’s wife because of her disobedience. Please, Church, wake up and see that time is coming to a close. Who and what are you choosing? Whether it’s Sodomite Pride or Church Pride, pride is wrong no matter how you try to package it. Here is a powerful Scripture, Psalm127:1-2, “Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it, except the LORD keep the city, the watchmen wake but in vain...” Who is the builder of your home? Who is the one who watches over our city? If it is man building the home or watching our city, no wonder this nation is in so much trouble. It’s time to put our Lord Jesus back into our houses. From our house, to the church house to the White House. Let Jesus in. He is our only hope!
-Patty Mattus, Boscobel, Wis.