“If the Lord of hosts had not left us a few survivors, we should have been like Sodom, and become like Gomorrah” (Isaiah 1:9 ESV).
Sodom and Gomorrah were wicked towns, chock-full of wicked people. It was so bad in these places that God sent down fire to consume them and everyone in them. He spared righteous Lot and his wife, and their children.
Everyone did whatever they wanted to do. There was never a thought about right or wrong. There was never a thought about how one’s actions affected other people. No one considered anything sacred except themselves and their own pleasure.
As Christians, we understand that we are here to bring others to Christ, regardless of whether or not we accept that role. But I’d like to offer that we are here for another reason as well. We are here to be an example and a voice of reason to a world concerned only about themselves.
While it’s true that there are some very compassionate, even selfless, people who are outside of the faith, society as a whole is moving in a very different direction. But even the “good” people have fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23).
I’ve mentioned here before that in God’s eyes, sin is sin. If we break one of God’s laws, we are guilty of all of them. James 2:10 says, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it” (ESV). So I am not pointing fingers in any direction but mine, a sinner who has been saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8).
There is only one Cure for society’s sickness: Jesus. “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching (Romans 10:14 ESV)?
There will be judgment.
But it’s up to us to set a godly example for the world to see, and to be the voice of the Gospel whenever and wherever opportunity presents itself.
It’s up to us to prepare ourselves spiritually–” preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2 ESV)–that we may “always [be] prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks [us] for a reason for the hope that is in [us] (1 Peter 3:15 ESV).
As always, these are the musings of a mindful disciple. Blessings on your week!