Americans are OK with gay. Last week, Gallup released a stunning report on Americans’ relaxing views of homosexuality. Previously considered the most loathsome and despicable of sins, once reserved for the grossest of sinners, homosexual sodomy has now been raised to the domain of living room respectability.
“Americans’ support for the moral acceptability of gay and lesbian relations crossed the symbolic 50% threshold in 2010. At the same time, the percentage calling these relations “morally wrong” dropped to 43%, the lowest in Gallup’s decade-long trend.”
The number of men who deem homosexual relations morally acceptable increased 14 points, from 39% to 53%. The increase was largest among men in the 18-49 demographic, 20 points’ increase. Of course, Gallup notes that in 2006 when this reports’ comparison began, the term was put to the respondents as “homosexual relations” and since then, respondents were asked about “gay relations”, illustrating that Gallup themselves succumbed to the PR the homosexual community has been striving to insinuate into our consciousness.
Joseph Chambers likened America’s slide to moral suicide and that is a good term indeed. Paul warned us that in the last days, “[K]now this, that in the last days perilous times will come: “For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” (2 Timothy 3:1-4).
But every generation says that this generation is the worst! That the moral slide is always the worst right now! Yes, but we are not battling morality vs. immorality nor cultural thought, we are battling Spiritual entities. Spiritual decline has never been at this level because it is not an fleshly struggle of moral choices, but is the beginning of the final battle before Jesus returns.
To that end, Jesus Himself gave us commands, warnings, and parables to identify the time and to remember what to do.
Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. “In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. (Luke 17:29-32)
Jesus was saying the moral and spiritual circumstances of those immoral cities would be repeated in the end time. That’s why the conditions we see now, being the end time, are different from all the generations from before. Further, this account of God’s warning was a pattern and type of the warning He would send to believers of this last day (today), as Peter explains:
if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; (2 Peter 2:6)
Satan and his demons are loosing an unprecedented barrage of evil powers and moral confusion. Morality is always the first to go. Homosexuality is a crime against God, being a sin. Sodom and Gomorrah were smited because of their immorality and so the world will be smited again, especially America. Americans answering ‘yes’ to Gallup’s query on whether homosexual relations are morally acceptable are just at risk as homosexuals themselves. Why? “Remember Lot’s wife.”
Lot and his wife lived with Abraham when Abraham got the call from God. They saw God working in Abraham’s life. (Genesis 12:1-5) They saw how He prospered Abraham, and they each benefited from Abraham’s obedience to God. Mrs. Lot saw that these were two angels (men) warning her of impending judgment. She saw the sinfulness of the city. She believed her husband when he said they should leave, unlike their sons-in-law. She left the city, heading in the right direction. She knew.
Yet, her example stands for us all, as Jesus pointed out. She knew, and yet she succumbed to the creep. The creep is the insinuating influence of satan. The creep is an ever so incremental lowering of moral standards until before you know it, brimstone is falling on your head.
Do not think for a moment brethren, that satan will announce himself by appearing to you as a red-spandex suited sulfurous pitchfork-wielding demon. He will creep in, incrementally lowering your standards bit by bit, where they matter, until you are accepting immorality that you know to be gross. And don’t for a moment think that just because you do not indulge in it, that it is the same as faithfully opposing it. Remember Lot’s wife. She wasn’t gay, but I bet she went to the gay pride parade.
Do you think you can be around sin, and resist it? Do you think you can stand by and turn a blind eye, and not be affected? Well, you can’t. Remember Lot’s wife. She (and Lot also), pitched their tent (Genesis 13:10-12) closer and closer to the city, even though “the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the LORD.” Eventually their immorality creep landed them inside the city. When judgment cometh, (Genesis 19) and it was time to leave their house in the city, Mrs Lot’s heart was still tied in bondage to all the fleshly indulgences that immorality offered her and the sin she had allowed to creep in, looked back despite the angel having told her not to. Her punishment is well-known, she was instantly turned into a pillar of salt.
Her punishment is a reminder of the end times where there will eventually be no middle ground. Once Mrs Lot was safely away from Sodom, she turned and looked back. Lot looked forward, to God. Mrs. Lot looked back, to sin. There is no middle ground with Jesus, you are either for Him, or against Him. There is no fence-sitting, comfortably watching the proceedings from a safe distance. You must declare allegiance for one side or the other. Parade bystanders need not apply. Either you are in it, or you are out. Remember Lot’s Wife.
Gallup finds that Americans’ Acceptance of Gay Relations Crosses 50% Threshold. What is God’s threshold? Look at the chart above and notice the creep. It is not a spike. It is a slow decline. As Mrs. Lot inexorably crept closer and closer to Sodom’s sin central, her conscience increasingly tolerated what she was seeing. It is an inevitable outcome of the spiritual battle, once you open the door to sin.
As for judgment of this acceptance, we know what we can expect. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so we know there is fire and brimstone awaiting us each individually and collectively as a nation. The question is, when can we expect it? With more than half the nation in serious moral rebellion against God, my opinion is, any time. Any time. Thus, now is the time to start remembering Lot’s wife, and declare which side you are on.