In our last visit we began the study of homosexuality as presented in the Bible by first considering the creation order, that is, the union of man and woman in the committed monogamous relationship of marriage. Today let’s look at two accounts that describe in graphic detail Cultural Disorder.
In Genesis 19 you have the account of two angels visiting Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah. They had the appearance of men. Listen to verses 4-5, “Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom – both young and old – surrounded the house. They called to Lot, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.’” Lot made it clear that their frantic homosexual passion was a wicked thing.
Then in Judges 19:22-23 another tragic experience is described: A Levite while traveling ended up in Gibeah. An old man welcomed him into his home. “While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, ‘Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him.’” The old man went out to them and said, “No, my friends, don’t be so vile. Since this man is my guest, don’t do this disgraceful thing.”
In addition to violating the hospitality extended to this guest their homosexual passions are referred to as vile and disgraceful. In the original the idea expressed in these two accounts is even more forceful. And in both cases there were destructive consequences.