“Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing punishment of eternal fire,” Jude 7.
Jesus half-brother, Jude, wanted to write a letter to the church about our “common salvation.” But this was not to be because of false teachers in the church. These false teachers were teaching that they were above the moral law. Such people were living sin-filled lives that were perverting the grace of our God. Jude encourages the church to content for the faith.
In the midst of his contenting for our faith, Jude makes reference to a city, Sodom, that was judged because of its failure to obey God’s moral law. As I read this verse, my heart was gripped with sadness and with brokenness because I believe we live in a nation that is just like Sodom.
Maybe you ask, “Pastor how do you know we are like Sodom?” My answer would be, “Just look around you at what is going on in the world today.” This very morning as I scanned the headlines at Foxnews.com I was taken back by all the Sodom like articles on their homepage. Brothers and sisters in Christ we need to heed Jude’s call to content for the faith. Unless we as a nation repent before our God, we will experience the same judgment as did Sodom.
This judgment has come upon every nation that chooses the life of Sodom instead of the life of Godliness. Consider Israel, “Hear the word of the Lord you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah! What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? Says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams,” Isaiah 1:10-11. The nation of Israel wanted to come and worship but at the same time they wanted to continue with their wicked ways.
This is the life of Sodom in our midst. We want to worship God in the church and we want to walk with the Godless in our communities. Brothers and sisters these things cannot be. I wonder, “Does Sodom exist on your street?” Does Sodom exist in your church? Finally does Sodom exist in your heart?
At this point I ask myself, “How can we get and keep Sodom out of our lives?” Here is Jude’s answer, “Building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life,” Jude 20-21.
The next question would be, “How can we get and keep Sodom out of the lives of those around us?” Again we see Jude’s answer, “And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh,” Jude 22-23.
Yes, Sodom does exist and yes we are living in Sodom. However we do not have to be like Sodom. We can through Christ, “Be kept from stumbling and we can through Christ be presented blameless before the presence of his glory.”
This day I encourage you to grow in Christ and I encourage you to take the gospel to your Sodom.