“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Pride and Its Sisters

(Please read Ezekiel 16:49-50)

March 18

If someone asked why God destroyed the city of Sodom, most of us would answer that it was because of Sodom’s immorality. But Ezekiel looked a little deeper, and mentioned the cause of that immorality: that Sodom was “arrogant, overfed and unconcerned . . . did not help the poor and needy . . . haughty.” So the people “did detestable things” (NIV). In this brief comment, we see not only pride but perhaps its sisters — gluttony and lack of concern for the welfare of poor and needy people, along with the grievous immorality which those attitudes spawned.

In a word, Sodom was “worldly,” and unfortunately we see evidences of that condition in our country today, a country which stands almost alone among nations of the world in its riches and power. Here, with the highest standard of living in the world and more leisure time than most people enjoy, we can become complacent –- and, yes, arrogant –- and close our eyes and hearts to the plight of those who are less fortunate than we. This malady is particularly hurtful when it entraps Christians and blinds us to missionary and benevolence needs going unmet for lack of finances and material help.

May the Lord help us to open our eyes, our hearts and our pocketbooks to do more of his work of redemption in this country and in foreign lands. Please pray about this important matter this very day.

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