I’ve wanted to write this post for some time now, but I was always afraid that what I wanted to say would come across wrong or be misconstrued. For that reason let me make something clear from the get go: I do believe homosexuality to be a sin. However, I also believe the church has treated homosexuals like crap and that we too are being judged for doing so (this is not the first time I’ve written about this). But, since homosexuality is such a hot button issue right now, we focus solely on that and ignore everything else that Paul mentions will take us to Hell:
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”
So in order to help you love homosexuals with the love of God, I am writing this post to debunk this idea that God is going to send fire and brimstone on every homosexual out there. I am writing this to stop you picket sign holders from marching around with your satanic “God hates homosexual” signs. I am writing this to show you that there is definitely more to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah than just homosexuality.
And on top of that, the homosexuality found in Sodom and Gomorrah is not the same kind we typically find today. Homosexuality today tends to be more of a misguided romantic love for someone of the same sex. The homosexuality found in Sodom and Gomorrah is just straight up sexual. Seriously—when two visitors enter your town and a bunch of men arrive at your door to rape them, we have a much different problem on our hands.
This is stereotypical prison life that were looking at. Men raping men for the sake of pleasure. It even goes beyond that because we know there are women in Sodom and Gomorrah and they choose men instead. On top of that, they’re interested primarily in virgin-like relations, which is the reason they want these visitors from out of town rather than each other. It is also the reason that Lot mistakenly offers his engaged virgin daughters.
It can take awhile to get this corrupt which shows God’s patience for Sodom and Gomorrah. But finally, being unable to find such an enormous lack of righteousness in the town and probably seeing no hope for change, he wiped it out. But he did spare what little righteousness he found there in Lot and his family just as he had done with Noah and his family due to Noah’s righteousness (Genesis 7:1).
If you have come to the conclusion that this post supports homosexuality then you have completely read it wrong. But if this post has led you to not think of homosexuals today in direct relation to the sinners found in Sodom and Gomorrah, then I think you have seen my point. Sure, homosexuality was one of the sins being committed in Sodom and Gomorrah and maybe part of the reason it was wiped out, but I don’t believe it was the only reason. I think Sodom and Gomorrah were incredibly corrupt in very many ways and far beyond repair. Try reading Genesis 19 with these thoughts in mind.
We, as Christians, are called to love everyone. So put your picket signs down.