Do you know the story in the Bible of Sodom and Gomorrah – two places God destroyed for their wickedness? Abraham’s nephew and his daughters left the city, but his daughters’ husbands stayed because they didn’t take their father-in-law seriously, and his wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt.
When I’ve thought about Sodom’s destruction, what comes to mind is the incident when the two angels visited. Abraham’s nephew took them in, but others in the city saw his visitors (I don’t think they knew they were angels), and instead of showing them respect, they wanted sex with them. If God didn’t already have grounds for destroying Sodom, surely this was reason enough.
But I’m reading the book of Ezekiel at the moment, and today I came across this verse (surprisingly, no mention of the angels). “This is what your sister Sodom has done wrong. She and her daughters were proud that they had plenty of food and had peace and security. They didn’t help the poor and the needy” – Ezekiel 16:49. Wow! Isn’t there a temptation for all of us to be proud when things go well? And doesn’t it show you how very important the poor and the needy are to God?