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MONDAY SCHOOL: A Lesson From Sodom

It’s amazing the little things we miss, right? I was reminded of that in this week’s sermon from FBC LaVergne when pastor Bill Thomason preached on the topic of Abraham’s Prayer of Intercession for Sodom. A little pop-quiz, if you would…

What was the big issue with Sodom?

Yep – we all jump right to it – “homosexuality, of course!” Why are we so keen on remembering Sodom for the sin of homosexuality? Perhaps it is the vivid story of that was told of the men of came to visit – and the “other plans” that the Sodomites had for them? What reasons did God have for wanting to destroy Sodom?

Let’s look at [youversion]Ezekiel 16:49-50[/youversion]

49 Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it.

Wow…looks like God had His list a little different from ours, didn’t He? God had a long list of things that He saw as issues with Sodom…issues that, I dare say, many of us may even be guilty of. Yet, despite God’s frustrations with Sodom for these reasons – we would be quick to assume that we don’t match the harshness of the sin of homosexuality…and would consider all of our proverbial sin ducks in a row.

The truth of the matter…and the takeaway…is that God sees sin – as sin. We live in a day and age when we are quick to cast judgement on someone for being of a particular orientation or for having an affair (all valid sins that need counsel) but think nothing of other sins of gluttony (guilty) and pride.

What sins are you quick to identify in others…and what sins of your own have you been neglecting to even acknowledge?