Scripture Reading: Isaiah 3:1-5:7 / 2 Corinthians 6:3-7:1 / Psalm 105:12-22
Everybody loves a parade! Kids love parades because of all the candy that is thrown to them. Communities love parades because of unity it brings. Businesses love parades because of the publicity they receive. For whatever reasons they are held…everybody loves a parade!
Parades are usually held in honor of a holiday or because of a special community celebration. Our church has had floats in several of our community parades. It has been enjoyable to walk down the road, wave to people, throw candy to the children and hand out special treats and information to people.
It is a lot of work but exalting the name and sharing the love of Christ with thousands of people is awesome. Our community parade is wholesome and family friendly. The same cannot be said about other parades that take place in our world. Some promote ungodly lifestyles and are steeped in revelry and immorality.
The prophet Isaiah speaks of the defiance and degradation of Judah. They had rebelled against God and turned to heinous sins. It says, “…Their words and deeds are against the Lord, defying his glorious presence. The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it.” (Isaiah 3:8,9)
Sodom was the twin city of Gomorrah. They were located south of the Dead Sea. God destroyed both of these cities because of their wickedness and depravity. Sodom was known to be a place of open and acceptable sexual deviancy. God describes Judah’s sins like that as Sodom’s. Unlike Adam and Eve who hid from the presence of God after they sinned, Judah did not hide their sin but was proud of it and openly flaunted their sin.
In the 1950’s all states had some law criminalizing sexual deviancy and referred to the sexual debauchery as Sodomy laws. Amazingly, states began to repeal Sodomy laws in the 1960’s and today only 3 states; Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma enforce Sodomy laws. Sodomy sexual activity that was once considered deviant is now paraded and promoted as acceptable.
It matters not if man parades and promotes their sin 3,000 years ago or today… God’s perspective and standards haven’t changed. The word given to Judah is just as applicable today, “Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.” (3:9) I can honestly say… I don’t always like parades.
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!