“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee … (Jonah 1:2-3).
I live outside the city of Portland, Oregon, which has the distinction of being one of the most “progressive” cities in the United States. The un-official motto of the city is “Keep Portland Weird.”
Last summer I listened as a father described taking his family to a park in southeast Portland on Sunday after church. As his five small children were playing, through the park came a group called “The Naked Bike Ride.” These people ride and walk their bicycles, without a stitch of clothing on, through the streets and parks of Portland. This father was horrified as his children watched more than a thousand naked people parade past them laughing. The city of Portland not only allows this, but promotes the group’s activities.
At the same time a man has been driving his car around town without wearing pants and another man exposed his genitals near a public school. These men, however, are hypocritically labeled predators and criminal threats.
In another nearby city, a public school teacher has admitted to having sexual intercourse in her classroom with two 15-year old students and then sending naked pictures of herself to other children. She’s been called a hero for her sexual bravery and hundreds have joined a campaign to ensure that she keeps her job and doesn’t go to prison (here).
The pulpits and churches of the Portland area are silent. I dare say that men like Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jonah, Elijah and Malachi would be branded as fanatic loud-mouths by many church-goers here and across America. The hypocrisy, illogical treatment by society, and ungodliness goes un-challenged by public officials and the churches – and at times rewarded. It shouldn’t be so.
Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent … but I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you (Matthew 11:20, 24).