Ignoring God

Are you ignoring God and what he says about your sin?

The Scripture passage in Genesis 19, about the wicked men of Sodom, is sometimes used by Christians to support their contention that the sin of homosexuality is a heinous sin. I personally believe that they are missing the real issue. Gays are not any more sinful than people who covet their neighbor’s car or house, or someone who does not show respect to their parents. In God’s law, a son who persisted in being disrespectful to his parents was to be stoned to death.

I believe that what is really at issue is shown in Genesis chapter 14, five chapters before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abram (later called Abraham), returns from a battle in which he rescued his nephew, Lot, and the people of Sodom. Note in verse 17 that the king of Sodom went out to meet Abram after his defeat of Chedorlaomer. In verse 18, we are told that “Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.” This is really important … and the king of Sodom and his people miss the whole point.

Abram, in verse 22, even says that he himself is a servant of “the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth.” This statement by Abram doesn’t even phase the king of Sodom and his people. Do they take any interest in “God Most High” or the two people, Abram and Melchizedek, who represent Him? No, they totally ignore God and His two representatives. They continue in their sin.

Melchizedek, priest of God Most High, brings out bread and wine … he was bringing communion to Abram. Two millennia later, Jesus Christ would institute the Lord’s Supper, using bread and wine, with His disciples, the night before He was to be crucified on a wooden cross. In Psalm 110, King David says, “The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” This is a picture of God the Father speaking to Jesus Christ, His beloved Son. Just three verses later God tells Jesus, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

This is vitally important … the sin of transgenderism is not the worst sin in the world … yes, it grieves the Holy Spirit when we try to deal with our pain through gender bending … but what really grieves God is when we ignore Him and His Son, Jesus, who came as our priest to bring us to God. The person who is condemned is the one who does not believe in Jesus, who ignores Jesus (John 3:16-20).