In a culture where
is a big deal,
Sodom has become a familiar word.
Even if you don't know anything else about the Bible
you've probably heard
the story of Sodom.
Some folks say
Sodom's sin was homosexuality.
Other folks say
the real shame is
nobody knows the other story of Sodom:
the one where they were
sodomized by a gang of neighboring kings
attacked and invaded and clobbered
overpowered and crushed and defiled—
the one where they were left
naked and helpless and defenseless
victimized and paralyzed and weak—
recovered their possessions
rebuilt their cities
and restored their fortunes.
Sodom's first encounter with God
did not end in
In their calamity
(when all their broken toys were
momentarily swept aside
to reveal the One
on whom they unconsciously depended)
a God who delivers, not destroys,
a God who heals, not hates.
Nice to meet you, they said
then quickly leapt back to the toys,
till even their hearts were bound.