Sodom and Gomorrah were cities in the Jordan valley that were at their height during the life of Abraham the patriarch. At that time Sodom was also the residence of Abraham’s nephew Lot. God comes to visit Abraham one day and says that the outcry of the evil of Sodom and Gomorrah was so great that He was going to visit it and see if it was really so (Genesis 18:20-21). Abraham, knowing that his nephew Lot was there, asked God that if He found as few as 10 righteous people in that place, that He might spare the place to which the God of the Universe acquiesced.
God sent two angels to Lot in Sodom. The angels were in appearance as men (that is as male humans). Lot, seeing them in the city square, took them in for the night. It was a custom of hospitality to do so for strangers when they came into town. What happened next was a clear demonstration that the men (again male humans) of Sodom were indeed as evil and wicked as their infamy suggested. Just before Lot and the angels lay down for the night, the men of Sodom, every one of them young and old came and surrounded Lot’s dwelling. The men had come for the sole purpose of gang raping these strangers. (Genesis 19:4-5). It was this vile act that has associated anal copulation with the term “sodomy.” Those who practice that act, and especially those who do so by force are rightly branded as “sodomites”, committing the act of “sodomy.”
However villainous that is, the darker evil is still the one that comes next. Lot, feeling a strong obligation of protection toward his guests, suggests (as a resident of Sodom he too had become somewhat debased) that rather than do as they purposed toward his male guests, that he would bring out to them his virgin daughters for them to molest to their pleasure. But in doing so, Lot had called their desire “wicked” and adjudged that they wanted to “act wickedly” toward his guests. This enraged the men and they threatened to kill lot (Genesis 19:9). This is the heart of the sodomite and it is black indeed. By even the most debased suggestion, those men had felt judged by Lot and that was intolerable. It was intolerable because their consciences were constantly condemning them for their wicked pleasures and any suggestion that what they did was wicked only made them have to face that fact, which was most intolerable, to the point of murderous rage.
This is the very heart we see today at work in those who are intolerant of the truth about the wickedness of homosexuality, transvestism, transgenderism, and sexual relations outside the covenant of marriage. And marriage can only be contracted morally between one man and one woman vowing to be together for life. Any other sexual expression offends the conscience which God has put into man (Proverbs 20:27). That lamp shines upon those thoughts and intentions of the heart which are behind evil words and wicked deeds crying out for justice. A man might convince himself that this judgment from within is wrong even if to do so he must abuse himself or dull that inner voice with drugs and alcohol as many this day do. But if another should confirm that condemnation from within, the voice can no more be silenced. And that is enough to fuel the vengeful rage that we see today.
Just as Lot was rescued from those murderous sodomites of old, so in time God will rescue His people from the sodomites of today. But in the meantime, it behooves us to plead with them, calling them “my brothers”, as Lot did and gently pointing out their wickedness as he did if perhaps God might grant them the gift of repentance, leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and might escape the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will (2 Timothy 2:25-26).