Here are four signs that a nation is becoming like or is already like Sodom and Gomorrah.
Compromising with Sin
The Bible says long before Sodom and Gomorrah were going to be destroyed by fire that “the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord” (Gen 13:13), but since the land was well watered, Lot chose to plant his family near to Sodom. What happened was Lot started compromising, and instead of avoiding the sinful city/state of Sodom, “Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom” (Gen 13:12), or right next to it. Before you know it, Lot’s sitting at the city gate, where the cities leaders and business men met (Gen 10:1), so now Lot’s not only in Sodom, Sodom’s in Lot! Lot was compromising with sin and if not for the two angels taking him by force, he and his whole family would have died in the coming fire (Gen 19:16).
If you look back at TV shows just 10 or 20 years ago, you can notice that people were a lot more courteous, there is hardly any profanity, and there is even less sexually explicit images. Now, go back another 10 or 20 years ago. How has society changed since “Andy Griffith’s” life in Mayberry? What was Andy’s society like when you compare it to todays? Is it better…or, as you might suspect, growing more wicked every day? Like the frog in the pot, our nation doesn’t seem to notice that evil is growing day by day, and the heat keeps going up while the frog sits happily in the water, not knowing it’s soon to be soup. Is it any wonder that so many of our children are addicted to pornography? Pray for our nation to repent and trust in Christ, before we too follow the ways of Sodom and Gomorrah, which today no longer exist.
Since Sodom and Gomorrah were such evil nations, you would expect that their business practices were as well. It’s very possible that their political leaders would have been bribed by special interest groups. It was probably a lot like it is today in many of the political spheres in passing legislation through Congress, inserting “pork belly” pet projects just for their own district, almost assuring their reelection. Also, the way some corporations do business is deplorable, outsourcing jobs just to make a little bit more profit, leaving unemployed skilled and experienced workers behind. Some businesses intentionally take losses for certain things just to reduce their taxes. One company was recently found guilty of burning their own warehouse down in order to collect on insurance and build a newer, better one. When these kinds of business and political practices prevail in any nation, then that (or any) nation is becoming like Sodom and Gomorrah.
What’s Good is Evil
When the two angels came to rescue Lot, they wanted to spend the night in the town square (Gen 19:2), but Lot knew it was too dangerous, but “the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house” (Gen 19:4), and these men angrily cried out, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them” (Gen 19:5), which clearly means they wanted to have homosexual relationships with the men (who were actually angels), but Lot told them no. The men didn’t take no for an answer and so “they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down” (Gen 19:9). What used to be called evil is called good, and what used to be good is now evil. When this happens (and I believe it has), the nation is becoming very much like Sodom and Gomorrah.
There is a Bible reference that indicates what society can become like over time. It says that they forgot how to blush, meaning, they so flaunted their sexuality that they had no shame and were not embarrassed about anything anymore. It’s as if anything goes these days. Sex sells, but the payday is horrific. For those who are involved in sexual immorality, including the unmarried and those involved in sex outside of marriage (adultery), God gives them no assurance that they are going to be saved. When a nation grows so evil that sex is brazenly posted and advertised, then that’s a sign that the nation is becoming like Sodom and Gomorrah, and we all know what happened to them.
No Fear of God
When a person or nation does not fear God, they have zero chance of having biblical wisdom, because the very beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord (Prov 9:10). What seems right to us is often contrary to the will and Word of God, but when any nation no longer fears God, then that nation is headed for God’s judgment, just as surely as Sodom and Gomorrah had. The fear that the Bible speaks about is not a fear of being struck dead or of God being angry at you. The fear of God is a deep, holy, abiding respect and reverence for God and His Word. Here is why it’s a good thing to fear God: “The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom” (Prov 15:33a), and “The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm” (Prov 19:23). When a nation no longer fears God, they had better fear God even more, but fear His holy righteous wrath.
Our society today puts up with so much more violence, filthy language, and nudity, that if our great grandparents or grandparents could see it, they’d probably throw up. It would make them sick to their stomach. Today, many nations compromise with sin, this causes morality to slide downward, and this corruption enters the business and political sphere, until everyone things evil is okay and what is good is now evil. These are clear signs that a nation is headed toward the same fate as Sodom and Gomorrah. Remember, these nations were wiped from off the face of the earth…forever.