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Let's Take A Trip To Sodom And Gomorrah

Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah -- from the Lord out of the heavens. 
Genesis 19:24

Sodom and Gomorrah were cities on the plains of the Jordan River. They have become synonymous with sin and vice. Sodom gave rise to the word sodomy that describes a sexual “crime against nature.”

God decided to destroy these wicked cities. Abraham pleaded with Him to save the righteous of the cities. The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

When they weren’t found, Abraham pleaded five more times. God agreed to spare the city as the numbers decreased: forty-five, forty, thirty and finally twenty righteous people. Twenty righteous people were not found. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.

What about our country? Are we becoming the next Sodom or Gomorrah?

Douglas MacArthur said, “History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline.”

The civil rights movement of the 1960’s helped effect needed social changes in the U.S. This was about the only positive note on the moral slippery slide downhill. The slide snowballed into an avalanche. The decade of the 60’s would begin the most dramatic moral change in American history.

In 1966, John Lennon remarked that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. Time magazine reported on the growing sense that “God was dead.”

The 1967 Summer of Love showed youth making a pilgrimage to Haight-Ashbury. By fall this elite San Francisco  district was trashed, laden with drugs, crime and disease, and abandoned by its former inhabitants.  The liberal media celebrated it as a positive attempt at Utopian culture. 1969 brought Woodstock, the world’s most celebrated rock concert.

The cultural revolution of the 60s resulted in rejection of Biblical and traditional values and promotion of sexual promiscuity. Free sex, homosexuality and abortion became politically correct. The results of this rejection in the U.S. leaves four out of ten children being born out of wedlock, over a half million deaths from AIDS,  millions of babies aborted and many families torn apart by divorce.

What do we do? Where do we turn? How can we help?  Is it too late? Christians must rise to the occasion. We need to vote, stand up for what is right and keep our own lives in tune with God’s laws. Prayer is our greatest weapon. We need to be persistent like Abraham.  Maybe it’s not too late.  Let’s plead with God and deluge Him with this prayer:

Dear Father, Have mercy on our country. Remember the remnant of believers who love you. Give us wisdom to do what we need to do to turn our country around. Oh,God, hear our prayer.

Janice Yandell

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