Thursday, May 31, 2012

Godless Sodomites

I think it’s well past time to call out the Godless Sodomites of our day and age.

Oh, I'm not talking about LGBT people. The Bible is very clear on what the sin of Sodom really is-- Ezekiel 16:49 says "Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.”

In every nation on this globe, but perhaps moreso in the US today, there are people who commit the sins of Sodom, who look down on the poor and needy and only strengthen the already-strong hand of the wealthy and powerful. They let schools crumble, children go hungry, families go without needed medical care, and the number of the homeless grow unchecked while refusing to lift a finger to do any good. And they elect public officials who will continue to let the poor get poorer and the rich get richer. All the while, the poor are painted as lazy people who just need to get a job and be more responsible with their money.

These prideful, haughty people are the Sodomites of our day.

Many of these people claim to love God and to uphold His commands, and yet they are also Godless. 1 John 4:20 says, “If anyone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”

Make no mistake-- people who promote hate and intolerance in the name of God are liars. And liars are doing the work of their master, the Father of Lies, not the work of God. In today's world, we see hatred aimed at certain groups more than others-- non-Christians, LGBT people, women who wish to exercise stewardship of their own reproductive health, and the poor and needy.

People who behave in ways that are prideful, disdainful of the poor and needy, and hateful to others “in the name of God” are being called out more and more, but it is often secular organizations and media doing the calling out. It's time for Christians to stand up and oppose the true Godless Sodomites of our time.

More than that, it's time for action. Whenever we see someone calling for creating concentration camps for or the outright extermination of LGBT people, denying funds for poor women to access basic health services, or criminalize homelessness, we need to frame a response full of grace and generosity. Don't just oppose these people with your words, but help organizations that are aiding the targets of these Godless Sodomites' hatred. Even better is to find the address of the particular offensive person and donate in his or her name.

As a start, here's an article with links to various LGBT-oriented charities you can donate to in the name of Pastor Charles Worley and others of his ilk-- The God Article's Wickedly Beautiful Response.

I'd like to start collecting the names and addresses of various Godless Sodomites and organizations appropriate to each so that we can do something positive in response to these folks.

Up first on our list of Godless Sodomites, the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle of Greensburg, Indiana.