A New Sodom?

Behold, 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

People love to remember Sodom as going down for some sexual sin, but an observant fifth grader and a few minutes of thought reveal that that was not it at all.  It was the problem of having plenty  and not aiding the poor and needy.

Like the wealthiest nation on the earth with children who go hungry and even discussing that anyone in that land should go without good health care and medical attention.  Much less wealthy nations than ours do that for all the people in their land.

Oh, but this must be it:  we do take care of our poor and needy–just not those without legal documentation because they don’t belong here, anyway.  Right?

Yes.  That’s what Ezekiel meant:  Sodom went down because they had plenty and didn’t take care of the poor and need with legal documentation.

No.  They had plenty.  They didn’t care for the poor and needy.  Ezekiel says nothing about papers, and nothing about political party.

Bob Patrick


1 thought on “A New Sodom?”

  1. There is just enough here, each day for me to pause and to think about how I am going to live my life – today…. just today.. and that is enough. I need these words.


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