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Snubbing Sodom: why it’s best to choose morals over money

Whether it’s threats of boycotts, lawsuits, or violent demonstrations, this decade thus far has been filled with news stories of ungodly forces trying to impose their will forcibly on anyone who would have the audacity to not give them what they want when they want it. Many with righteous intent have stood their ground against them, while many others (worried about the negative impact on their treasuries) have caved to the ungodly demands. However, if we are truly of God, it is in our best interest to cling for dear life to godly morals over money according to the scriptures.

For example, Proverbs 16:8 says, “Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.” How is it that God wants us to settle for having just a little bit with the risk of starving to death or being homeless or not being able to pay our bills? Doesn’t he care that we have to survive? Isn’t it necessary to compromise in order to survive? There are several reasons to stand our ground even if our revenues take a hit. The main reason is that we need God to be number one above all else because the things of this world, like money, are only temporary while our moral choices have repercussions that can affect us for eternity.

The other major reason to be willing to stand our moral ground even if it costs us financially is that ultimately in our covenant relationship with the Lord, it is his responsibility to take care of us when we seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. He gave us his word that if we do, all the things we need in this world and the next would be added to us (Matthew 6:33). In Mark 10:29-30 Christ said, “Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” That’s the Lord’s way of telling us, “Focus on what I’m asking of you and don’t worry, ’cause I got you.”

When we hold on to his righteousness as if our lives depend on it (because in reality our lives do depend on it more than anything else), his righteousness and wisdom in us will not only enrich us spiritually but will grant us opportunities that work around our enemies to meet and/or exceed our material needs despite the many weapons our enemies may unleash. That’s why Proverbs 11:4 and 28 tell us, “Riches profit not in the day of  [God’s] wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death… He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.”payoff

We also have our father in the faith, Abram (before he became Abraham), as our witness. When Abram rescued his household as well as Sodom and Gomorrah from evil raiders in Genesis 14, the king of Sodom was looking to strike a compromising economic deal with Abram by letting him have a huge amount of the spoils. Yet Abram, knowing the wickedness of the perverted king and the blessings of God said, “I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram richSave only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion,” (Genesis 14:22-24). That’s what our mindset as believers should be when an enemy offers us shiny things with unsavory strings attached in return for our caving in to compromise.

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