Revisiting the Account of Sodom and Gomorrah Essay

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Revisiting the Account of
Sodom and Gomorrah
Whatever the men of Sodom were up to, there is no question that it drew God’s wrath. According to pro-homosexual theologians, their sin had little or nothing to do with homosexuality, but with their inhospitality; their “callous indifference toward the weak and vulnerable – the poor, orphans, widows, and strangers in their midst” (Jeff Miner and John Tyler Conoley, The Children are Free, p. 6). There is some validity to this. For it is written, "Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy” (Ezekiel 16:49). Without dispute, the sin of Sodom included pride, materialism, and
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Lot urged them, however, not to do this but to stay with him. It was common in ancient societies to extend hospitality to traveling strangers. The countryside harbored danger and cities and towns were few and far between. Therefore, the giving of aid and shelter to travelers was vitally important. However, Lot goes beyond the norm. For after offering food and shelter, he says, “Then you may rise early and go on your way.” Lot wants these men to get out of Sodom as quickly as possible. But why? The answer is soon coming.
Before bedding down for the night, “the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; and they called to Lot and said to him, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight?’” (Genesis 19:4-5a). The Holy Spirit takes pains to tell us that this was no small group, representing only a fraction of the city’s population. He also makes it clear that the crowd was made up of only men who came from every quarter of the city and were made up of “both young and old.” Why did they lay siege to Lot’s house? Here is the reason in their own words, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them” (vs. 5b). The men of Sodom were looking to have sex – same-sex sex with the male visitors who were spending the night in Lot’s house.
Pro-homosexual theologians such as Miner and Connoley are unhappy with the picture

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