“Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty , and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. ” – (Ezekiel 16:49–50)
Ruth Graham, commenting on the downward spiral of morality in our nation, exclaimed, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” But Ruth was wrong! The fact is, God never owes anyone an apology, regardless of what He does. He makes no mistakes! But, make no mistake about it— America must repent or perish.
Pastor Greg Laurie wrote:”Sodom was once a great power in her day—a city-state, a dominant force. But God judged her. He identifies her sins in Jeremiah 23:14: “ I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery , and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers , that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.”
They commit adultery and love dishonesty. They encourage those who are doing evil. . . . We live in a time in our nation when right is wrong and wrong is right. Everything is upside down.
God gives another assessment of the sins of Sodom in the book of Ezekiel: Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. Pride . . . gluttony . . . laziness. . . . Think of our nation and the sense of entitlement. Everyone expects to be entertained. I am reminded of the famous statement by the Roman satirist Juvenal as he spoke of Rome and her decline: “The people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions, and all else, now concerns itself no more, and longs eagerly for just two things—bread and circuses!”
It seems to me that is what America is like today: “Entertain us. It’s all about us.”
I believe that our nation has two choices before us: One is judgment. The other is revival. Judgment is coming, that is clear. But my prayer is there will be at least one more revival before this happens.”
Dear friends, the future of America doesn’t depend on military might, government, the economy, etc. The only thing that can save America is a revival in the churches– a revival that results in souls being saved and society being changed one person at a time. Only God knows if we have time, but we don’t have a chance without it.