A Faith Statement
Do I agree with murdering doctors in the name of God? No.
Do I agree with elevating the issue along with homosexuality to make it seem like that's all Christians care about? No.
Jesus didn't mention homosexuality or abortion, but I'll take a wild guess that they weren't unknown during that time.
Jesus did mention poverty... a lot. He mentioned the down and out, the prostitutes, the hungry, the sick. He called fishermen and tax collectors to be His apostles. He commissioned Mary as the "first missionary" and told her to tell the apostles and others the Good News.
Among the obvious reason why Sodom got torched is this rebuke to Jerusalem:
47 You not only walked in their ways and copied their detestable practices, but in all your ways you soon became more depraved than they. 48 As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, your sister Sodom and her daughters never did what you and your daughters have done. 49 " 'Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen. [Ezekial 16:47-50... the whole passage deserves reading... heck, read the whole Bible! :)]
Nathan, are you saying that we shouldn't focus on these issues, that we should just "tolerate" them? No. Are you saying I'm a bad Christian because I do? No. I am challenging you to open your eyes to the injustices carried out daily within our nation that have nothing to do with these two issues. How many children lack adequate health care because they can't afford it? How many parents work multiple jobs yet still can't get by?
Nathan, are you suggesting that nothing's being done already to combat your "liberal concerns"? No.
Yet, we must do more and do it within what Jesus calls us to do. We cannot just send money to Right-to-Life and then pat our backs saying that we've done our "Christian duty". Nor should we be attacking UCC churches because we may not agree with their theology.
While we focus on these issues, we cannot ignore other problems that affect our society about which our Bible is very clear. For everyone, from the "inerrantist" fundamentalist to the "liberal" Christian, we cannot be selective about the Bible. Sure, we can disagree where there are grey areas (some will disagree about grey areas existing at all), but there is one question to ask:
Homosexuality aside, from this verse, does America desire to be equated with Sodom? I've heard arrogant being thrown around, especially in regards to Iraq. My wife has been out of the country several times and as a group we've been charactized as overweight. As for unconcerned... we can no longer tolerate this amongst our Christian family.