Sep 22, 2019

In The Day That Lot Went Out From Sodom

Likewise as it came to pass, in the days of Lot: they did eat and drink, they bought and sold, they planted and built. And in the day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man shall be revealed. (St. Luke 17:28-30)

You cannot deny the story of Sodom and affirm that Jesus Christ is True God from True God.

Our Lord told us, specifically, that the story of Sodom was true. He did not say it was a parable. He stated it as a historical fact. Because it is a historical fact.

And they said to Lot: Hast thou here any of thine? son in law, or sons, or daughters, all that are thine bring them out of this city:  For we will destroy this place, because their cry is grown loud before the Lord, who hath sent us to destroy them. (Genesis 17:12-13)

"Who hath sent us to destroy them."

If you stay away from the Gospels for too long, or you are reading them for the first time, you will find yourself shocked at the stridency of Christ's message.

He does not mince words. You cannot enter Heaven unless you are baptized of water and the Holy Spirit. No one goes to heaven except through Christ. Sell all of your possessions and give it to the poor. If you love your children or wife more than me you are not worthy of me. 

God does not play around. He has, as Christ affirmed above, destroyed entire cities on multiple occasions because their sins so disgusted Him. He demands that we become perfect in order to be called children of His. 

What does He think when He looks at the world today?

I keep thinking about the screams of aborted children, as they are being murdered, that are so quiet they can be heard by God alone. The millions and millions of screams. 

I know that God is love, that God is merciful, that God is forgiving. To quote 43, I believe in grace because I've seen it and peace because I've felt it and forgiveness because I've needed it.

But I also know that God is just.

I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are they that wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb: that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city. Without are dogs, and sorcerers, and unchaste, and murderers, and servers of idols, and every one that loveth and maketh a lie. (Revelation 22:13)

That excerpt is from the last chapter of the last book of the Bible. They are God's last words in the Bible to us.

I want to wash my robes in the Blood of the Lamb and to enter the city. But I know that I am living in the days of Lot. 

I am under no allusions when I look around me.