I thought I would write today about Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s family, and the sad end that came to Lot’s wife. Now you may wonder, what does Sodom and Gomorrah have to do with Finding a Free Country? Hopefully it will soon become apparent.
I heard about how Firefighters’ Suit Tossed Out After Being Forced To Participate In Gay Parade, just one of many such cases, and I thought about Sodom and Gomorrah.
It is my opinion that people have a tendency to over simplify Biblical stories, and miss the real message. As such the story of Sodom and Gomorrah becomes all about perverted sex. More evidence that the Bible was written by sexually uptight repressive guys looking to force their puritanical views on others.
But that is not the entire picture in my opinion. I don’t think that Middle Eastern nomads living 3000 years ago would have been any more interested in intruding into people’s bedrooms (or tents) than people are today. And I really doubt such people would have been all that shocked by odd acts of homosexuality now and then. Yes, the story is about homosexuality and perversion, but it is also about lawless violence, homosexual gang rape, robbery, and corruption of the law. The people of Sodom and Gomorrah were not just into kinky gay sex, but they were greedy, envious, lying thieves who thought nothing of violating visitors and guests in the most violent, vile, and dishonest of ways, and then hiding behind their corrupt legal system to justify it all.
Now there is a lot of debate among religious people about exactly why God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Was it because they were sexually perverted? Or was it because the entire populations seems to have been taken over by violent lawless criminals who preyed upon guests and visitors in the most horrible of ways; robbing, raping, killing, etc. Does it really matter?
One thing is clear: Sodom and Gomorrah was wholly given up to immorality and evil. They cared nothing about whether what they did was right or wrong, only about whether or not they could get away with it. Their violent sexual perversity was simply the most visible and shocking aspects of a people who had wholly abandoned the concept of morality as a legitimate guide to individual and group behavior.
Ok. So why should anyone care, and what’s the deal with Lot’s wife? According to the Bible story two angels came to Lot to save him and his family from the destruction that was to come. Lot tried to defend Sodom and Gomorrah, but he was unable to prove that the two towns didn’t deserve to be destroyed. The angels eventually led Lot and his family away to safety. Lot’s future son-in-law refused to leave and was destroyed. The angels instructed Lot and his family to leave and never look back. But Lot’s wife had to look back. One can only guess what she was thinking about: was it her comfortable home filled with all the creature comforts available to people 3000 years ago, posh furniture, bronze age kitchen appliances, etc., or was it her stylish neighbors, sophisticated entertainment, chic stores, etc. Whatever the case, she looked back, and she was turned into a pillar of salt.
I look around at what is happening in the USA and Western Europe, and Sodom and Gomorrah comes to mind. Not quite so violent or obvious, but the Biblical story was a morality tale. One should expect extremes. The Western World has abandoned its core ideology based upon morality derived from religion. What is left is desire. Today the greatest evil in our modern world is no longer violence and corruption created by immorality, but being judgmental. Being judgmental is the worst crime in our world. Somehow I suspect that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were not big fans of being judgmental either.
Conservatives have choices to make. Do we stay in Sodom and Gomorrah and turn a blind eye to the evil and corruption that is all around us while enjoying our luxuries and advanced way of life (and perhaps suffer the fate of Lot’s Wife — to be consumed by that corruption), or do we turn our back on the corruption enveloping us and choose a better way of life?