In his 1996 book “Slouching Towards Gomorrah”, Robert Bork lamented the state of decline that he perceived in the culture of the United States and Western civilization. He blamed the decline on modern liberalism and the rise of the new left.
Since Bork’s important book, we have seen the culture continue to decline. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Of course we Christians understand that God has defined marriage as a union of a man and a woman (Gen.2:24), a definition that Jesus confirmed (Mark 10:6-9).
Since that court decision, many same-sex couples have entered into relationships that they call marriage. The left-leaning media have pushed the homosexual agenda in an effort to normalize same-sex behavior in our culture. Many in the sports world and the entertainment industry have joined in the effort to sway the public opinion. We are urged not only to accept, but to celebrate, that which God has deemed unacceptable.
These efforts seem to be working. Polls show that more Americans are willing to accept lifestyles which God has forbidden. It is not a coincidence that this shift in thinking corresponds with a noticeable decline in church attendance and Bible reading, and an increase in the number of people who do not consider themselves to be affiliated with any religion at all.
Even some people who claim to follow Christ have shown themselves to be slouching towards Gomorrah. They have bought into the worldly view that tolerance is the highest virtue. Well, there are some things that God doesn’t tolerate, and God’s children should share his plain-spoken stance on these matters. I know of a couple of congregations in my area who have broken away from their liberal denomination because it has accepted and affirmed the homosexual lifestyle.
The pace of our culture’s slouching seems to be increasing in speed. On Dec.13, 2022, President Joe Biden signed into law the “Respect for Marriage Act”. This new law requires that the marriages of same-sex and interracial couples must now be recognized by the federal government. The law also requires that states do the same.
Have you noticed how the homosexual agenda has tried to align itself with the civil rights movement? To say that someone’s chosen homosexual behavior is somehow equivalent to another person’s ethnic identity is simply ludicrous! One African-American preacher responded to this idea by saying, “Don’t spit in my face and tell me it’s raining!”
If someone were to write a follow-up book to Bork’s work, it might be entitled, “Sprinting Towards Sodom”. The continuing decline in the moral fiber of our society should be cause for alarm. Someone once speculated that perhaps Sodom and Gomorrah were not destroyed because of homosexual behavior, but because they had deemed it normal. This seems to be the status of our culture today.
Let’s make sure that we continue to shine God’s light in this ever-darkening world in which we live. Let’s take a stand on biblical principles and let’s speak the truth in love. It may be too late to save our culture, but perhaps we can save someone we love!