Posted by: janpierce | January 6, 2013

Sister Cities

Image    When you think of the city of Sodom in the Bible, what picture comes to mind? If you’re like me you immediately think of Sodom and Gomorrah and their destruction because of immorality. They were judged by God for living impure lives.

I’ve been reading in the book of Ezekiel and when I got to chapter 16, I came across something I don’t remember reading before. In verses 49 and 50 Ezekiel is told to speak to the city of Jerusalem and recount the ways in which God’s people have failed to obey. It says, ” 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.”

I’m sure that the careless life of ease in Sodom included immorality. But how often do we think of our abundance becoming arrogance and leading to the gross sin of neglecting the poor and needy.

Over and over again the Bible tells us to care for the poor. We’re to feed those who are hungry and care for the widows and orphans. How quickly we condemn sexual sin but how difficult it is for us to accept that living in careless abundance is gross sin.

What ways do you care for the poor? I’d be interested in hearing what you do or what your church does or how you see this interesting comparison between Jerusalem and Sodom. And how do you interpret this passage?

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