Thursday, May 28, 2009

Having too much yet not helping others

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.

- Ezekiel 16:49
Now, I've read the story of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18-19) to know that the straw that broke the camel's back may indeed have been the gang of men who were demanding that Abraham's nephew Lot hand over some angels that God sent so that they could rape them (Gen 19:4-5), this verse is often cited by conservatives as one to prove that God hates homosexuality.

But I find it absolutely fascinating that God has Ezekiel tell Jerusalem that what really made Him angry was their arrogance and affluence.

Mind you, before liberals start flaunting this one in the face of too many conservatives, they should know that verse 20, where they sacrifice their children to idols (infanticide) is often cited to prove God's opposition to abortion.

Be that as it may, I still think it's important to note that decadence and neglect for the underprivileged are at the core of Sodom's guilt.

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