Bible-believing evangelicals all across America have been stunned in the last few months at the pace of social change being engineered by our courts and our administration in Washington D. C. Between political correctness and legacy-building, we have been broadsided by decisions on homosexual marriage and now transgender issues. Many of us are wondering where it all goes from here. Many of us are asking, “What’s next?”
Writing in World magazine, editor Marvin Olasky answers these questions this way. “Polygamy is clearly on the agenda. . . . Also, cultural leftists . . . will push for lowering the age of sexual consent to puberty, or lower. . . . The cultural left will also ask, ‘What’s wrong with incest?’” “The first stage,” writes Olasky, “will be the repeal of laws forbidding sex between close relatives; . . . The second stage will be legalization of incestuous marriage.” Comments like these force us Christians to ask one more question: “How long will God put up with all of this?”
When God revealed himself to Moses on Mt. Sinai, He began by disclosing himself as “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin” (Ex 34:6-7). We rejoice in this revelation of God’s overwhelming goodness. But verse 7 ends this way: “yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” Now that’s sobering! Indeed, the answer to the question, “How long will God put up with this?” is, “Not forever!”
When the Lord ratified His covenant with Abraham—a covenant that included the promise of a land—He told His servant that he himself would not inherit the land because “the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete” (Gen 15:16). Clearly, there is a limit to His patience. Sodom and Gomorrah eventually reached that limit. Oblivious to the stench of their decadence in the nostrils of God, they were destroyed in an instant by a massive conflagration from heaven. God finally said, “That’s enough . . . no more!”
Here’s the sacred commentary on Sodom’s destruction, as addressed to apostate Jerusalem by the prophet Ezekiel: “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. Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it” (Ezek 16:49-50). Here was a prosperous city that arrogantly defied God while abusing its most vulnerable citizens, indulging themselves in the most extreme abominations, which we know from Genesis 19 was unbridled and violent sexual perversion.
Years ago, the renowned revival preacher, Leonard Ravenhill, preached a sermon he entitled, “Sodom Had No Bible.” Good point. Think about it. We in America abound in churches and are awash in Bibles. And yet, perversity is accepted at a pace that seems to increase with each passing day. If God is truly God, then the iniquity of America must be very close to complete. At some point, God’s wrath must fall.
So what should we do? Pray. And I see no more appropriate prayer in the Bible than that of the prophet Habakkuk after being told by God that the cruel Babylonian army was about to descend on Judah. Here’s what He prayed: “Lord, I have heard the report about You and I fear. O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years, In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy” (Hab 3:2). Remember God’s revelation of himself on Sinai. When God unleashes His wrath, God’s people can still plead for His compassion, grace, and forgiveness. America is in trouble. I fear that our churches are complicit. So brethren, we need to pray!