Sometimes, the culture is simply not worth saving. But, to understand the depth’s God is willing to go to bring salvation, one need only look at the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. There is no census as to the size of the cities, but, it is safe to assume they were urban areas with significant populations. As The visitors were leaving, God revealed he was abut to destroy them. In the chapter, Abraham started the first intercessory prayer ministry pleading for the two cities. Abraham hated to see the cities wiped out–he begged God to save the cities for 50 people’s sake. God agreed. As Abraham thought and reality set in; he negotiated that number down to 10–4 of which were Lot and his family. So, God was willing to spare the cities for 6 additional people who would not be totally evil.
When a culture becomes so evil that even 6 additional men would be enough hope to save it–times have become terrible. Such was the case in Noah’s time and now with Sodom and Gomorrah. Once a culture distances itself from God–it also distances itself from what is good, holy, loving and kind. Sadly, societies do not level off in the middle–they either embrace good or they embrace evil–interestingly, as they seek to free themselves from God, they enslave themselves to all things selfish–wealth, self gratification, power, entertainment and pleasures. Each thing is temporary and drive the culture into a spiral that always ends in the culture’s destruction.
The good news remains that Christ came to overcome the world. Our seeking and following him, is the hope of preserving our culture. When God’s people who are called by his name will humble themselves, turn from evil and pray; then they will find him and he will heal them and restore their land.(2 Chronicles 7:14) As we see with Abraham, God does not ask for or expect much–10 will do…
God Bless You
22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[d] 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare[e] the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”
“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”
29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”
He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”
30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”
He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”
31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”
He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”
32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”
He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”
33 When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.