Let’s face it, America has become the new Sodom. America has reached out and embraced the homosexual community or what they call the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community. They went from the closet to front page news. You see them on TV and at the supermarket. They teach your children in school, they are given in marriage and are raising the next generation. Various of religions have embraced them and all major and minor political parties have endorsed them. In fact, in the most recent election, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump reached out to the LGBT community at their conventions. This is not something new for Democrats but even republicans saw the need to reach out to the most perverted among us.
As Christians, we need to remember this, man’s attitude toward homosexuality has changed, but God’s Word has not changed. The old law condemned it. “You shall not he with a male as one lies with a female; it is as abomination” (Lev. 18:22). “If there Is a man who lies with a male as those who He with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their blood guiltiness is upon them” (Lev. 20:13).
The new law condemned it also. “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals . . . shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9-10). God detests homosexuality and considers the man who practices it as a sinner doomed to hell. Always has and always will.
Why is it that homosexuality has increased so much in recent years? The society which has decided to disregard God’s judgment in lieu of their own own way is headed down the road to destruction. It will become more and more morally corrupt. This the plain statement of Scripture. Paul said, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet” (Rom. 1:22-27).
Let us examine the steps which led to the sodomy which is condemned in v. 27:
(1) “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God.” The beginning of the moral degradation into which today’s society has fallen is the repudiation of God’s right to dictate to man the kind of life which he should live. When a society decides to “ban the Bible” and “eliminate prayer,” it has taken the first steps toward moral degradation. We are where we are today because man has decided to no longer worship, adore and obey God Almighty.
(2) “Professing to be wise, they became fools.” This is the second step of the road to moral degradation. When God has been removed as the spokesman who determines what is right and what is wrong, man has no objective criterion left by which he can determine what is right and wrong. This is the situation in America today. Our “wise men” are desperately trying to decide what is to be considered pornography and what is not; they are more and more leaning toward legalizing prostitution. Years ago they legalized gambling, adultery, fornication and other perverted sins. Is it any wonder they legalized gay marriage and passed gay right laws to protect their perverted lifestyles. Man in his wisdom has become a fool!
(3) “God gave them up.” God will only tolerate so much of this kind of conduct before altogether turning his back upon the society which practices it. From the description which is contained in the latter part of Romans 1, I have concluded that God has already given America up, and is about to destroy it as a nation. The proof is unfolding before us, how an impotent nation such as Russia could hack both political parties with such ease, and then hold their personal information over them in order to bring America to its knees. Americans didn’t repent in this most recent election. No! They voted for candidates who endorsed the perversion of homosexuality. They had choices who would ban such perversion, but they rejected them for reasons known only to them. Remember, God brought down Sodom and Gomorrah in one day for doing less than Americans are doing right now!
(4) “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions.” The degrading passions are manifest on every hand. America is filled with pornographic literature which features anything from plain nakedness, to homosexuality, to sexual abuse of children, to sexual intercourse with animals.
And now, homosexuality begins to show itself once again. The pornography, fornication and adultery which are so prevalent in every aspect of modern society is the seed bed which has produced the harvest of homosexuality which we are now experiencing. The degrading passions are already here. Just how much longer God will allow a nation which is so filled with sin to exist ? My knowledge of God’s word convinces me that He will not tolerate it forever. Soon He will bring judgment against this nation, although the form which it will take is not known to man. Remember, the last time a nation got this wicked, fire and brimstone devoured everyone and everything in it.
Conclusion: In the meantime, we who are following God’s word must do what we can to live righteously. I remind you that for want of ten righteous souls, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. We can also try to influence our neighbors to become Christians. Most of all, we must be careful not to be deceived by the wise men of the world into believing that sins, such as homosexuality and adultery are acceptable forms of sexual expression. So long as we hold on to the authority of God’s word, this will never happen.