22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. Matthew 5: 22-23
Let’s talk! If ever there was a time to grow closer to thee the time is now. Truly I have no doubt we are living in the last days. And those days will continue to grow more depressing because man has lost his way. He has turned from God like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. Who can we trust when those who claim to trust in God live as though they don’t know him? According to the Bible, two biblical cities called Sodom and Gomorrah engaged in so much sin that God became angry and destroyed them both. The sad thing, America does not see itself as a Sodom and Gomorrah, but it is!
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Here is a little snippet about the rise and fall of Sodom and Gomorrah. See if you recognize any similarities.
Bible Scholars split hairs on the actual sin type that provoked God to raze Sodom and Gomorrah, but all agree the common denominator was sin. Of particular interest is the “homosexuality” hair.
[The mob of men that accosts the angels had demanded of Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, so that we may know them” (Genesis 19:5). This has long been interpreted as “carnal knowledge,” and many believe that it is the widespread homosexuality of the inhabitants that earns their obliteration. Other biblical references to Sodom and Gomorrah, including Jude 1:7, which mentions sexual immorality and “unnatural lust,” and the “abominable things” of Ezekiel 16:50, are seen as support for this view.] https://www.britannica.com/place/Sodom-and-Gomorrah
For the purpose of this post the focus is not on a particular type of sin but rather to bring attention to how America resembles Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible, Family and guns should make strange bed fellows for believers but they don’t, at least not for every self-proclaimed Christian. Flaunting Bibles next to loaded guns seems spiritually foolish because the look and perception fails to give God the Glory. Instead, the gun get’s the glory. America is obsessed with guns, violence and greed. Surely Christians know the Father is not pleased. In fact, I would not be surprised if he’s as angry with us as He was with them! Heck, he may even be angrier.
The second scope of sin mentioned in the Bible as the primary reason God laid waste to the two cities involved the sin of inhospitality. To a hard heart or on-the-fence Christian “inhospitality” may not sound like something God would destroy not one but two cities for. To begin to comprehend this theory one must delve deeper into things the Bible says really matters to God. Additionally, it is necessary to understand the essence of hospitality and it’s importance to God’s servants.
Here, Scholar’s propose that the Lord pointed to Sodom and Gomorrah’s, or any other town that did not welcome his disciples as having committed a grave sin.
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40
Ezekiel 16:49 gives prominence to depicting residents with abundance who refused to tend to the poor despite their prosperity. This view suggests that homosexuality may not have been the proximate causation of God’s decision to bring demise upon the two cities. Genesis 18:18:32 audaciously brings to light the nefarious conduct of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. Surprisingly, Sodom and Gomorrah looks like a Holy Land compared to this modern-day world.
News Flash: Though not on the surface the world at large has an inhospitality problem, including America. The way in which hospitality is administered makes all the difference in the world. Cherry picking who to be hospitable too is not the Father’s idea of hospitality. Jesus went to homes where He was welcomed and celebrated not tolerated. To follow in his footsteps we must celebrate and tend to the needs of others unconditionally, never expecting anything in return.
I get that because I know how good it feels to be made to feel welcome. To replicate that feeling for another is priceless. The most important thing I learned about showing hospitality was that it is unaffected by fortune or fame. Oxford English Dictionary defines hospitality as as someone who is “friendly and welcoming to visitors or guests.” Hebrew 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. ” The key word in the Scripture above is SACRIFICE. Next the share what you have part extends to the Spirit, which should reflect one of generosity and a desire to serve others during one’s life’s work for God.
Hospitality is a beautiful thing. To be hospitable means to care for someone regardless of relationship or friendship status. The Spirit of Hospitality is a gift from God, one that blesses others, comforts others, and makes them feel special and welcome. Therefore, it is impossible to be a racist, capable of caging children, snatching babies from mothers, abusive either physical or verbal and be naturally hospitable. Basically the Spirit of Hospitality does not turn off and on. It is not fickle, some-timey or stingy.
25That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
What is this world coming to?
Today my heart is heavy and for good reason. The news of mass shootings, shootings period, is killing me, changing me, provoking me to rededicate my life to Christ so He and He alone orders my steps in the world. In other words, sin in this world, the world I live in has gotten so bad that it is difficult to think about the “Spirit of Hospitality” sometimes. I feel a sense of grief like I’ve never felt before. There is so much sorrow, emptiness, evil, deception and pain that the thought of welcoming a stranger to our home trouble me.
That said, Jesus tells believers to not be afraid, sometimes that is hard to do!
“’Fear not,’ is in the Bible 365 times.” The numerous mentions suggests that the Lord foresaw times when his children would be afraid so He prepared Scripture designed to aggressively address and combat fear. Time to ask the Lord for strength to carry out his will as though I believe with all my heart God is an awesome God!
“Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2nd Chronicles 20:15
Truth be told, if you don’t have the Spirit of Hospitality you couldn’t possibly know Jesus. “Don’t mess with my #Bible, #Family or #Guns” speaks volumes about the heart and soul of the speaker. Priorities define us. Motives validate our intentions and Actions speak louder than words! God know the heart…
Jesus Pronounces Woes
24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
25 “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.
“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
26 “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.