Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous. (Gen. 18:20)
When I was a young child, my mother, sister, and I were walking to see a friend. My sister, Melodie, and I wanted to take our baby dolls. My mother agreed, if we promised to carry them ourselves. After all, she had our real, live, wiggling brother to care for. I chose a small doll, while my sister took her large baby doll. The farther we walked, the heavier her doll felt. Each time she complained about the weight, my mother reminded her of her promise to carry it herself.
Sodom and Gomorrah were full of evil. Their sins of arrogance and lack of concern for others weighed upon the arms of God. These sins and the added sins of immorality, perversion, and gluttony finally were so weighty that God said, “Enough.”
Today we can see the weight of sin around us. The sins become commonplace, and we slowly become immune to its weight, accepting our own sins and the sins of others, until the weight tries to topple our conscience and blacken our hearts.
Abraham chose to stay in Canaan. He chose to follow God’s commands, to worship his God, and live in love unselfishly with others. He chose to keep his life free from the weight of sin that ran rampant in Sodom and Gomorrah, as we must do even amidst the sins of our world.
Strive to keep your life weightless before God.
Pamela Kuhn’s favorite word is joy, and her favorite place is anywhere that holds books and sells tea. Her husband, RB, is an associate professor at Indiana Wesleyan University.
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