America and Molech

Understanding the Sins of Sodom in a post some time ago made for some pretty grim reading from the Old Testament. If you have the stomach for some even harsher language and more shocking imagery–but which reads like yesterday’s newspaper from our society take a look at Ezekiel chapter 16. You thought Sodom was bad, the prophet says the sins of the Israelites were worse than those of Sodom.

Last week, in this post, I spoke of my increased attraction to the Divine Mercy devotion, and why: Because of the “sins that cry to heaven”. The first of those is the sin of sodomy. As I said yesterday, the sin of Sodom is not just homosexuality, but every kind of sexual perversion, violence, lust and depravity.

The sins that cry to heaven do so because they are sins of violence against the vulnerable, weak and helpless. There is no one else for the victims of these sins to cry out to except to heaven. The second sin of violence is murder. In the Old Testament violence, waging war and killing is always linked with the sin of lust and depravity. The two go hand in hand. Do a Bible word search on “Sodom” and you will find that the King of Sodom was always at war somewhere or another.

The violence associated with lust extends to the second sin that cries to heaven, and it is murder. The link between the first two sins that cry to heaven is nowhere more clear than in the sin of abortion. The prophet Ezekiel says to the people of Israel,

You took your sons and daughters whom you bore to me and sacrificed them as food to the idols. Was your prostitution not enough? You slaughtered my children and sacrificed them to the idols.

Abortion and infanticide are simply the violent result of the lust and depravity we think of as the Sin of Sodom. As America is awash in the first sin that cries to heaven, so she is awash in the innocent blood of murder. Read more.

 

 

 

About Fr. Dwight Longenecker
  • http://platytera.blogspot.com/ Christian

    Yes. My Sundayschoolers are always surprised to hear that as late as Ezekiel’s day, Israel is killing babies like pagans do. Then I remind them that even though we think we live in a modern and nice world, America still kills hundreds of thousands of babies via abortion.

    • Justathought

      Millions! Over 3,000 per day, and that does not include the loss of lives due to abortifacient contraceptive drugs.

  • johnpaul79

    hi father nice post hey did you know that some yale professor is now claiming that the church was blessing same sex unions from the 10th to the 12th century he has some long winded explanation over here, http://anthropologist.livejournal.com/1314574.html….its utter nonsense but worth a look just to see how he puts 2 and 2 together and comes up with 5

    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

      I heard all that junk years ago in the Anglican Church…not interested in this convoluted thinking. Their minds are as twisted as their morality.

  • johnpaul79

    sorry posted the link wrong here it is again, http://anthropologist.livejournal.com/1314574.html ,

  • James

    Historians demolished that Yale professor’s shoddy advocacy scholarship 20 years ago, yet it keeps getting unearthed as if it is a new thing, so more illiterates can use it to confirm their “gut” conviction that traditional Christians aren’t traditional at all but just hateful bigots.

    BTW, that Yale professor, John Boswell, died of AIDS in 1994. No, he didn’t contract it through a transfusion or a needle.

    • http://themightyambivalentcatholic.blogspot.com/ Steve

      Wow, James — do you want to supply us with the names of priests and/or bishops who were smokers and died of lung cancer? Or people who overate and died of heart disease? I mean, since you’re supplying causes of death as though divine vengeance has been enacted… Nice to know that people who live pure lives such as yourself never die of disease.

      • Rob B.

        Having read Boswell’s works, I think James’ comment is valid. Boswell’s reputation as a scholar seems to be founded on his advocacy of “Queer Studies” and his death from AIDS. It certainly has nothing to do with his scholarship.

      • Marcy

        To be fair, If I spoke about the acts of kindness regarding Hitler. It would only be fair for others to show his true personality, lifestyle and motive behind those acts. So to say, it’s fair for all information to be given that way we can judge the original discussion with open eyes.

      • c matt

        I don’t think the tidbit was offered as evidence of divine retribution, but as possible bias in his scholarship.

        • James

          Exactly what c matt said. Steve, perhaps you can step back and think before emotionally jumping to conclusion.

  • Deb Peabody

    Dwight David Eisenhower said, ” Beware the military industrial complex.” My son returned from Afganistan with horror stories about our cultural divide with the Afghanis, as well as the military’s oversight of private contractors. These young men and women were trained to teach the Afghan people how to take care of themselves. This training is expensive and apparently wasted for the purposes of big business concerns. Americans have fallen asleep.

  • Doug

    “You slaughtered my children and sacrificed them to the idols.”
    Of course, “children” makes us think of abortion, an ungodly act. But what about post-natal children killed in mankind’s wars, fought often (usually?) with the assistance of the churches? What about the adult children being armed to go to those wars? These child murders also occur in our day, when we claim to be advanced, highly evolved, educated, and so on.
    How many on both sides of wars claim to worship the man who said, “A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.” Disciples of Jesus? And killing each other?

    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

      Did you read the whole post? I went on to criticize the ‘vast military machine’ that slaughters people across the globe. You speak of wars fought ‘with the assistance of the churches’. Do you have any specific examples of this?