“…and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly…”
condemned them to destruction
“Condemned” means overthrow. We obtain our English word “catastrophe” from the Greek word. Metaphorically, “destruction” indicates a state of total ruin, a disaster. God brought cataclysm to cities of homosexuality.
making them an example
Sodom and Gomorrah are examples of God’s hatred toward homosexuality because it is a sin of perversion. His hatred is toward the sin, not the sinner. These cities were filled with male and female perverts. God made their cities an example to those who might live as they did in the future. An “example” signifies a sign, a representation of a thing (He 9:23). Here is a norm we must avoid. Homosexuality is something to prevent in God’s eyes.
When Lot went to Sodom and Gomorrah, he gradually learned to accept their sin and live comfortably with them. Eventually, he came to believe that their lifestyle was acceptable at a certain level. Lot could have separated himself from these people, but he chose to live there.
God sent two messengers into town. A mob tried to homosexually rape the messengers. A society devolves into its maximum depravity when its depravity develops into mobs. Lot would not let the mob have these two men. He brought out his daughters to give them to the mob, but they would have none of it. They wanted nothing to do with females but desired men with men.
to those who afterward would live ungodly
The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah foreshadowed future generations who might practice homosexuality. The idea of this phrase in Greek is “those who are about to live ungodly.”
People involved in homosexuality are “ungodly,” non-God in their thinking. They may claim they believe in God, but their actions have a “non-God” quality. These people are about to face the coming judgment of God (2 Pe 3:7,10).
Homosexuality is non-God in its orientation.
God specifies components of destruction for a nation oriented to sexual perversion. A homosexual society is like a hand grenade with the pin pulled; it looms ready to explode a society where it prominently exists. When a military accepts homosexuals into its institutions, it incorporates “destruction” into its infrastructures. The accumulation of perversion in culture will undermine social life as we know it.
The Bible clearly views homosexuality as a sin, not a disease. It is more than unnatural; it is “ungodly.” God’s standards of morality are altogether different than our society.
The sin of homosexuality is not only unnatural, it is also a sin. Not only is it a sin, but it is also “ungodly.” If the Lord Jesus can deliver thieves from their evil, He can sober drunkards. He can make immoral people clean. He can deliver sex perverts from their obsessions. That is why the gospel is good news.
Jude 7, “… as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh [homosexuality], are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”