rampant, open practice of homosexuality in Sodom and Gomorrah, can we expect that he will put up with today's world for long?
One need only visit a movie theater or turn on a television to see the depths of moral depravity that characterize modern society. Men and women openly live together without benefit of marriage, millions of children are born out of wedlock, and major cities host "gay pride" parades that bring politicians and dignitaries out into the streets in support of homosexuality.
Here in Massachusetts the 1990's saw Republican governor William Weld establish the Governor's Office of Gay and Lesbian Affairs as an official unit within the state house overlooking Boston Common. Homosexual outreaches to students and young people were undertaken with state sponsorship.
America now has numerous public officials who openly identify themselves as homosexuals: mayors, legislators and other office-holders, both elected and appointed. The entertainment community is similarly infiltrated, if not dominated, by homosexuals and others who despise biblical morality. As a result, homosexual themes abound in popular motion pictures and televisions shows. With televised programs featuring even such blatant titles as "Queer as Folk," TV viewers invite lebians and homosexuals into their living rooms and spend time watching dramas that center around their perverted lives.
Homosexuals protest that they are not to blame; they were born that way. Some even blame God, saying that he made them that way. But that argument is not valid. Isaiah says:
"Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, 'What are you making?' Does your work say, 'He has no hands'? Woe to him who says to his father, 'What have you begotten?' or to his mother, 'What have you brought to birth?'" (Isaiah 45:9-10 NIV)
Adam's sin brought all sorts of sinful tendencies into the gene pool. Some of Adam's offspring have inherited a tendency toward drunkenness, others toward greed or thievery, still others toward sexual immorality of every stripe. Does that inherited
tendency justify the behavior? Does a man with inborn inclinations toward pedophilia and child molestation find justification in a court of law by saying, "I was born that way"? Does a thief avoid a prison sentence for his crime by pointing to inherited tendencies? No, because people are responsible for their actions. People who know themselves and their weaknesses need to work on those weaknesses and to fight against the pull of the flesh toward wrongdoing.
But God does not leave wretched man alone, to struggle in a losing battle against sin. Those who turn to God for help receive it. And, with God's help, any sin can be conquered or held in check. Proof is found in the early Christian congregation, where the Apostle Paul said he found believers who had been born with all sorts of sinful tendencies, including homosexuality, but who had broken free from sin through the power of Christ in their lives:
"Don't you know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NIV)
Yes, even "male prostitutes" and "homosexual offenders" can change so that Paul could say they "were" those sorts of people, but now were no longer like that. They can be washed, sanctified, and justified by the power of God's Holy Spirit.
But, when a society is dominated by people who exercise their free will to rebel against God by exalting sexual immorality and perversion, we can expect that it will not be long before God steps in to put a stop to it. He brought the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and sent them as divine executioners against the corrupt and immoral Canaanites. He rained down fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah. He brought the global deluge on the corrupt world of Noah's day. And the condition of our world today makes it ripe for a similar catastrophe.
Another major divine intervention into human