Arrogant, overfed, and unconcerned
Sodom and Gomorrah live on in infamy. After all, when the Creator of the universe destroys your city with burning sulfur because your people are wicked, you must be really wicked. So wicked that, even thousands of years later, sins are still named after you.
Because I am prone to comparison, I used to become incredibly self-righteous when I read this story. Then one day a friend pointed out Ezekiel 16:49,50, where God tells Jerusalem, “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.”
Oh. That’s not why I thought they were destroyed. Those cities were burned to the ground because they were arrogant, overfed, unconcerned, and didn’t help the needy—in addition to the other sins that I thought were the main reason.
If I am truly prone to comparison (and it’s not working in my favor at this point), I realize I am far more like Sodom and Gomorrah than I originally thought. Arrogant? Check. Overfed? Check. Unconcerned? Check.
Ezekiel’s words sound a warning that my personal comfort, status, and agenda are not a priority. In God’s world, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35).
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