The Lesson of Lot’s Wife — Hint: Its not about sex

It is my opinion that people have a tendency to over simplify biblical stories, and miss the real message. In the case of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah the story becomes all about perverted sex. Just more evidence that the Bible was written by sexually uptight repressive guys looking to force their puritanical views on others.

But that is not the entire picture. I do not think that Middle Eastern nomads living 3000 years ago would have been any more interested in intruding into people’s bedrooms (or tents) than people are today. And I really doubt such people would have been all that shocked by odd acts of homosexuality now and then. Yes, the biblical story is about homosexuality and perversion, but it is also about lawless violence, homosexual gang rape, robbery, and corruption of the law. The people of Sodom and Gomorrah were not just into kinky gay sex, but they were greedy, envious, lying thieves who thought nothing of violating visitors and guests in the most violent, vile, and dishonest of ways, and then hiding behind their corrupt legal system to justify it all.

Now there is a lot of debate among religious people about exactly why God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Was it because they were sexually perverted? Or was it because the entire population seems to have been taken over by violent lawless criminals who preyed upon guests and visitors in the most horrible of ways; robbing, raping, killing, etc. Does it really matter?

Sodom and Gomorrah were wholly given up to immorality and evil. The citizens of these two cities cared nothing about whether their actions were right or wrong, only about whether or not they could get away with it. Their violent sexual perversity was simply the most visible and shocking characteristic of a people who had wholly abandoned the concept of morality as a legitimate guide to individual and group behavior.

So why should anyone care, and what’s the deal with Lot’s wife? According to the story two angels came to Lot to save him and his family from the destruction of the two towns. Lot tried to defend Sodom and Gomorrah, but he was unable to prove that the two towns didn’t deserve to be destroyed. The angels led Lot and his family away to safety. Lot’s future son-in-law refused to leave and was killed when the cities were destroyed. The angels instructed Lot and his family to leave and never look back. But Lot’s wife had to look back. One can only wonder what she was thinking about: Was it her comfortable home filled with all the creature comforts such as posh furniture available to people 3000 years ago, or was it her stylish neighbors, sophisticated entertainment, etc. Whatever it was that caused her to look back she was turned into a pillar of salt.

I look around at what is happening in the USA and Western Europe, and Sodom and Gomorrah comes to mind. Not quite so violent and obvious, but remember, Sodom and Gomorrah was a morality tale. One must expect extremes. The Western World has abandoned its core ideology based upon religious morality. What is left is a world defined and controlled by subjective personal desire. According to our new moral compass the greatest evil is no longer violence and corruption spawned by immorality, but ‘being judgmental’. Today being judgmental is the worst of crimes. I Somehow suspect that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were not big fans of being judgmental either.

Conservatives have choices to make. Do we stay in Sodom and Gomorrah and turn a blind eye to the evil and corruption that is all around us while enjoying our luxuries and advanced way of life, or do we turn our back on the corruption enveloping us and choose a better way of life elsewhere?

Alexander Hay is a US lawyer now living in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Some have accused him of being a curmudgeon, but what do they know???? Noisy kids!

Alexander Hay is a US lawyer now living in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Some have accused him of being a curmudgeon, but what do they know???? Noisy kids!