Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The Streets of Gomorrah

"Acceptance is right. Kindness is right. Love is right. I pray, right now, that we're moving into a kinder time when prejudice is overcome by understanding; when narrow-mindedness, and narrow-minded bigotry is overwhelmed by open-hearted empathy; when the pain of judgmentalism is replaced by the purity of love." Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Who would not be for kindness and love, and against prejudice and bigotry? But this is rather slippery, and it’s a sign of the times. The quote is from the entertainer Janet Jackson, who was at that moment receiving an award from a gay-rights group.

I wonder—to whom is she praying? If it is the true God, then she will not get a hearing for her plea for freedom for people to perform unnatural sex acts (is that “the purity of love”?). God has already condemned that in the Scriptures. If Dad has warned Junior not to stick his hand in the lawnmower blade when it is running—because he knows the consequences—it will do Junior no good to ask him for kindness and “open-hearted empathy” with his desire for self-destruction, because Dad loves him too much for that.

A more profound assessment of the issue comes from someone who saw these times from afar, from about seven decades ago: “We all know about Sodom nowadays… Men can be in love with men, and women with women…and make sounds and speeches, but don’t you know how quiet the streets of Gomorrah are? Haven’t you seen the pools that everlastingly reflect the faces of those who walk with their own phantasms, but the phantasms aren’t reflected, and can’t be. The lovers of Gomorrah are quite contented; they don’t have to put up with our difficulties. They aren’t bothered by alteration, at least until the rain of fire of the Glory at the end… They’ve no children—no cherubim breaking into being or babies as tiresome as ours; there’s no birth there, and only the second death. There’s no distinction between lover and beloved; they beget themselves on their adoration of themselves, and they live and feed and starve on themselves, and by themselves too, for creation is the mercy of God, and they won’t have the facts of creation… When all’s said and done, there’s only Zion or Gomorrah” (Charles Williams, Descent into Hell).

There is a demon that mans the gate of Gomorrah, though it looks more like an ordinary person than a demon. It offers promises and lies. “I could make you perfectly safe and perfectly happy… Happy, rich. Insatiate, yet satisfied. How delicious everything would be! I could tell you tales that would shut everything but yourself out. Wouldn’t you like to be happy? … If you will come with me, I can fill you, fill your body with any sense you choose. I can make you feel whatever you’d choose to be. Secretly, secretly…” (ibid.)

Today’s celebrities word it differently: “Acceptance is right. Kindness is right. Love is right…” But the smooth, deceptive invitation to Gomorrah is the same. (This does not have to apply only to homosexual activity, but to any disordered or forbidden sexual behavior.)

For a while, things would seem well in the streets of Gomorrah, but one eventually discovers that it was all an illusion, because it wasn’t based on truth or God’s will. It was merely a phantasm that fed on narcissistic passion. Once it disintegrates (as it must), all that remains is emptiness and despair, and a bottomless abyss.

Read between the lines of what celebrities or other public-opinion shapers gush about love and compassion. Know what is really being said and offered. Don’t fall for the phony rhetoric of “love” that is nothing more than tolerance of evil. Head for Zion, not Gomorrah. And don’t look back.