by Fr Richard Heilman | February 2, 2024 8:18 AM
Are You Among the Righteous?
After God indicates His intent to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for their sins, Abraham tries to convince God to consider the righteous people who might live there. Even if only 10. God said He would spare Sodom and Gomorrah, even if there were only 10 righteous among them.
Consider this, not all residents of those cities engaged in sodomy and other grave offenses. However, could a truly “righteous man” sit by and simply allow the moral degradation to persist? Would not a righteous man stand up and do whatever was in his power to call for repentance and a return to the way of God?
So, was “all” of Sodom and Gomorrah not spared because the population was indifferent to the moral degradation around them? Did they simply accept it as a “new normal”? Not even 10 righteous men were willing to fight against evil?
Later, Ezekiel the prophet wrote: “I searched for a man among them who would repair the wall and stand in the breach before Me on behalf of the land so that I might not destroy it, but I found no one.” (Ezekiel 22:30).
My friends, our times seem many times worse than Sodom and Gomorrah. Even if we only consider what was ushered in over the past 10 years. Do we just throw up our hands and accept this as a “new normal” as we go our merry way? Do we stand from a distance with the breach in the wall (portal) and simply allow evil to enter in and take root? Or, do we do everything within our power to repair the wall and stand in the breach? In other words, do we speak the truths of God openly, not accepting these as “new normals,” and call for repentance and a Holy Spirit revival??
Most remain silent for fear of reprisal from those who advocate these evil “new normals” that oppose the will of God. Those practicing an empty religiosity in silence are not a threat to the designs of evil. Evil will, for the most part, leave them alone. It is the strong righteous men who must be destroyed … they are evil’s real threat.
Stay strong and trust in God’s protection but, by all means, do not remain silent. Be a “sign of contradiction.”
“How shall we describe this abandonment of universal moral principles, except to say that we are stricken with blindness such as it has been written will come upon all men before the end of time. Just as the light of faith can be extinguished so that men no longer see the world through the eyes of Christ, so too the light of reason can be snuffed out, so that men no longer see right from wrong. … The greatest disaster that can happen to man or a nation is not to do evil; it is to deny that evil exists by calling evil another name like “progress.” – Venerable Fulton J. SHEEN, For God and Country, 1941.
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