The Forsaken History Lesson

Let me tell you a little story about the result of a civilization parallel to our own…

The cities were called Sodom and Gomorrah, which are now nothing but dust and ash, in the areas we now know were located around the Jordan River plains about 4-5000 years ago. God looked upon the city and saw nothing but vice and wickedness, immorality flooding through the hearts of men who took pleasure in their earthly lusts, which they knew were abominable to God. So, God sent two angels to Sodom, and they were invited to dinner by the only righteous soul in the city, a servant of God named Lot, who was to be warned of a great calamity. Late in the evening, men from all over the city surrounded the house and called to Lot to bring out the two men who he dined with so that they could have sex with them, not knowing that they were angels. After refusing to negotiate with Lot, they tried to storm inside, but the angels blinded them so that they could not see. The angels asked Lot if there was any family in the city that he cared for, and Lot went out to find his sons-in-law who were pledged to marry his daughters, but they scoffed at him and thought that he was joking. With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot to gather his wife and two daughters and leave before God exacts his punishment on the land. Lot hesitated as he tried to prepare, but there was no more time and the two angels grabbed his hand and lead his family out of the city, warning them not to look back. God waited until his last good people had fled the city before raining down on it fire and brimstone from which no one could escape. Disobeying the angels warning, Lot’s wife looked back at her beloved city as it was being decimated with the power of God and was turned into a statue of salt, but Lot and his two daughters found their way safely to a town called Zoar, leaving behind a dense cloud of smoke from the evil that had been erased in God’s disgrace.

By doing this, God certainly did not fix that gene in humanity that sways us to evil, as every great empire after Sodom and Gomorrah have shown in its collapse, but it should at least stand as a prudent reminder that great evil falls greatly. We are no different than Sodom and Gomorrah, Babylon, the land before the flood and the ancient roman empires thereafter. We are not an exception, no matter how deeply delusional or far gone in a fantasy we are, and it will catch us completely by surprise when that final day comes, and you know that there must be a final day, lest this world would wear out on its own accord. The economy of our world is like a sickly old man on his deathbed. The balance of our world is being shaken in historical records with a surge of earthquakes and storms like never before. Each day, the news utters more and more major understatements of the political struggles and wars that are being devised even from within the courts of our own “peaceful” leaders, and during all this, we’ve still managed to catch the next episode of Dancing with the Stars every Monday night at 8pm, still managed to cash in our paycheck and blow it on useless accessories. Does the nature of all things not prove to us that everything ends? Does a wave not crash down on the shore after reaching its height? If you’ve realized this, then you should recognize these days as the eerie calm before the storm. My next question is, how much longer can the captain of this nation’s sinking ship continue to entertain everyone on board while they desperately shovel out water in the boiler room? Or are we already neck-deep and just haven’t realized it yet?

As it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. (Luke 17:28-30)

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