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Ezekiel 16:49 ‘“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.

Ask any Christian who has been to at least one Sunday school class, “Why did God destroy Sodom?” And they will tell you that it was because of homosexuality. An entire city was wiped out because the men of the city wanted to have sex with two male Angels. Wrong! The sin of Sodom encompassed much more than sexual misgivings. God was outraged that the culture had turned so bad that they no longer resembled his heart. They turned their backs on the least of these.

Evangelical Christians focus much of their attention on saving people’s souls but pay little attention to the condition of people’s lives.

Many times we try to reduce Christianity down to keeping our souls pure by avoiding alcohol, drugs, and sexual impurity while ignoring the plight of the poor and needy.

God told Israel that the sin of Sodom was the following:

  1. They were arrogant. Many Christians suffer from a “god” complex. We think we are God and we look down on other people. We have to be careful how we treat people who are less fortunate. We are all sinners saved by grace.
  1. Over fed: We live in a consumer society. We are probably the only country that has a “snack” section in the market. Our snack is someone else’s meal. I sit with an older white lady for lunch at TED talks. After we finished eating she insisted I take her unfinished fruit cup for my children’s lunch. She said her dad grew up in the Great Depression eating beans everyday. He never let them waste food. What do with the food we don’t finish? Who else could we feed with our excess?
  1. Unconcerned: I could stay on this one all day. So many of our social ills could be eradicated if people just cared more. It just starts with one person caring enough to do something. When we only think about ourselves that is a sin.

Yes I believe that we should keep ourselves pure as Christians and I also believe we have a responsibility for social justice. James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

 

Dear God,

Purify my heart and my motives. I want to be a blessing to the people that see as important…the least of these. Help me not to play judge but use me as a minister to meet the needs of your people. Don’t let me hurt them by giving them perpetual handouts but help me to empower them by giving them a hand up. Show me how to save souls and make life whole. Give us a balanced approached to Christianity that involves a pursuit of the King and the establishment of a Kingdom.

In Jesus Name,

Amen