“ Putin; 'America Is Sodom And Gomorrah', Is He Correct ? "
If there is one thing the Lord Jesus said that He found absolutely incorrigible, it was that of the act of being hypocritical. Jesus in fact, was often quite harsh with the religious Jewish leaders of His time when confronting those who engaged in hypocrisy. It comes to my mind the very words of Jesus that He used when confronting those hypocrites, calling them “of your father the devil” and also calling them a “brood of vipers.” That being said, I suppose any real American at first would be quite offended at Putin's comparison of the United States of America to that of “Sodom and Gomorrah” but are we being arrogant and hypocritical as a people when we hear the word's of Putin ? I hope to explore that question and Putin's statement here in this article. That being said, the sad fact is, and I must acknowledge that I'm afraid it may very well be that many Americans do not actually know what “Sodom and Gomorrah” was or what the reference to “Sodom and Gomorrah” means.
Because of the lack of basic teaching and knowledge of the Christian Bible in America, the logical step here, is to give my readers some necessary background information about what Sodom and Gomorrah was and is in the Bible. If you are already familiar and knowledgeable of this story, please forgive me for taking time to share the section of the Bible that infers what I am sharing, but I do not wish to assume that all are familiar with the Biblical account of Sodom And Gomorrah. That being stated, please now go to Genesis, Chapters 18-19 and there you will find the facts why God destroyed those cities. As a summary, there is no doubt that God Himself found the level of evil in Sodom and Gomorrah at such a place beyond that of willing-heart-felt repentance for those evil acts, God destroyed the cities and everyone in it(minus Lot and his family). In fact, we find that in Genesis 19:5, that “level” of sin was so egregious, the men of that city were calling out to Lot to surrender the (angels who were visiting and warning Lot of the city's destruction) “men” to them so that they could force sex(rape) on them. Homosexuality was a pinnacle (primary)reason for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Surly the sinful act of homosexuality was not the only act that brought upon the death of those in those cities but it was arguably the paramount reason as indicated by the Word of God.
Taking two very US Supreme Court rulings favoring in part that of the sin of homosexuality, we are in a day and age that approval of the “gay lifestyle”, and is now widely accepted by most here in the USA. As they say; “it is what it is.” What I share here is absolutely true, As the days of Sodom and Gomorrah's acceptance of evil including homosexuality, so is America today. There may be doubters by some however that America has by majority embraced homosexuality, but in most recent surveys taken of the American public, we see that it indeed a growing favor of the sinful lifestyle (http://www.norc.org/NewsEventsPublications/PressReleases/Pages/american-acceptance-of-homosexuality-gss-report.aspx). Those who take part in the homosexual lifestyle are comparatively low in number in comparison to the general population of the USA(estimated between 2% and 4 %) but yet have gained enormous support despite what the Christian Bible clearly calls sin. So, with everything I have discussed here in this article thus far, could it be said that Putin is correct in his analysis comparing the USA to Sodom and Gomorrah ? has in some way, Putin become a Biblical Christian ? Putin is certainly sounding correct in his comparative statement but is hardly in any form a Biblical Christian, in fact if anything, Putin may be at the same level of evil as our Obama here in America. That being said, there must be something that Putin knows and is, that brings him to a conclusion that homosexuality is wrong and pointing his finger(figuratively through his words) and calling the USA “Sodom And Gomorrah.”
The Bible often points to “fruit” to indicate where someone stands in Christ or the “world.” Interestingly, although Putin is obviously not a Bible believing Christian(as I believe we all can agree), Putin has taken real and concrete steps to stop matters of evil growing in Russia including not only of homosexuality, but of stopping Islam as well. In fact, Putin has helped to formulate and get passed in the Russian Legislature a law that prohibits (and other nations) couples from adopting Russian orphans(http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/21/us-russia-adoption-gay-idUSBRE95K0QE20130621 ). The reason Putin took a strong stand against the adoption of Russian Children by American's was because of a murder of an adopted Russian Child here in the United States(http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57561074/putin-signs-bill-barring-adoptions-of-russian-children-by-americans/ ). Putin was very wise as was the Russian Legislature (for those unaware), because all across the USA, children are widely and routinely abused in adoptive homes as well as in foster care. It seems to me, Putin is hypocrite in many areas of his life, his attitude towards his own people in the way he denies basic human rights and justice towards his own people, but he recognizes that at least children should not be exposed to such abuses as the sin of homosexuality and murder. He can see that, but American's are widely(willingly in most cases) blind to the fact of our children being illegally stolen and abused via our own American Government's. It is very interesting to me that Putin has denied gay pride events and marches. Strange as it may sound, I keep getting the sense that his belief system includes a bit of the fear of God, much unlike that of Americans.
Does Putin then have a sense of what is morally and Biblically Courageous ? I highly doubt it, however, I believe God is using him. Just like Nebuchadnezzar in the Bible, Putin has knowledge of God of the Bible. Putin is not a stupid man what so ever, in fact, being a former KGB Agent, he is quite intelligent. The matter however of the fear of God to push a man up to, then hold them to a certain point and tolerance of evil is more likely a reality for Putin. There is no doubt that Putin is a hypocrite, engaging in unrepentant sinful and evil acts in much of what he speaks and does. The man however does appear to have at least one eye open to what is occurring in the USA. He is a student of history and he most likely knows with those who claim to know and love God(of the Bible) then turn their back against God, that nation in the end will be destroyed. As an increasing amount of Godly men disappear and effeminate men continue to grow in numbers here, this nation will continue on it's path towards destruction. I shudder to even think about what will occur to America in the near future unless those who engage in evil get on their knees in repentance to Jesus Himself.
My final thought on Putin and calling America “Sodom And Gomorrah” is this; God used a donkey to confront evil(Numbers 22). If God can use a donkey to bring (confrontive) words to point out and stop evil, the Lord God certainly can use a hypocrite like Putin. Americans better wake up, God is using even an evil man like Putin to wake those up who engage in unrepentant sin. Time is ticking and the way things are going here and around the world, there isn't much time before judgment lands in every home and place across the United States of America.
Luke 17:26-30 "26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed."
Rev. Paul P. Waldmiller~Black Robe Regiment Pastor