Most Christians know the biblical story of Abraham and Lot. Lot was Abraham’s nephew and righteous Lot traveled where God was leading Abraham. Tension started increasing between the herdsmen of Abraham and Lot so they agreed to part company. Lot and his herdsmen chose to move to the plains where the cities were located. There the herdsmen mingled with the natives and they became influenced by evil people that occupied Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham stayed in the hill country and walked with God.
Not more than a couple of decades after Lot departed from Abraham, Lot’s herdsmen apparently became part of the problem. Lot’s herdsmen were all destroyed by fire from heaven along with the natives of Sodom and Gomorrah. Righteous Lot, his wife, and his two daughters were led out by angels so that they would not receive God’s judgment on those wicked cities. Lot’s wife hesitated and looked back as the judgment on those cities fell and she was turned into a pillar of salt. Lot and his daughters hastily relocated to the foothills as directed by the angels.
Such a division of people of the promise and worldly more wicked people seems to be now taking place in America in our own time. I would say from the moral breakdown in the big cities of America, that it is more likely than not that the big cities of America will be destroyed before the downward slide into wickedness goes much further.
I started thinking about this after reading this very informative article on City vs. Country. The article talks about the divide between the urban and rural people of America. The article is mostly correct in what it says, but I noticed an obvious bias against rural people in the tone of the writer. Since the article comes from liberal media, that is not surprising.
I knew there was a great division between how city people and rural people voted. Even so, I did not know that the divide was as great as was documented in this article. The article indicates that about 75 percent in the rural areas voted Republican. Obviously, just voting Republican does not make rural people moral. However, the Republican party does stand for most of the things that God-fearing people also stand for.
I happen to live in a rural area of the Missouri Ozarks, very much like the area described in the article. When it comes down to God and country and federal government intrusion into our lives there is a lot of agreement around here. I have lived in other rural areas of the country and saw much the same thing. Rural people generally are more religious, more moral, and are more conservative than are city slickers. They also are not fond of federal government telling them how to live their lives.
We should also be aware that rural people are becoming an ever smaller minority in America. Rural people are only 20 percent of the population of America. The definition of urban is cities that are over 50,000 population and it also includes urban clusters of 2,500 to 49,999 people. Those living in the 2,500 to 5000 category are only 1.6 percent of the national population so these smaller urban population centers are not much of a factor in my Abraham-Lot conjecture.
Sixty percent of the people in the U.S. live in just 153 urban areas with populations over 200,000. Most of these big cities are “progressive” (cultural Marxists). These 153 urban areas would be in the greatest danger from any attack on America. A nuclear attack from Russia or China would obviously target them. Something as simple and as likely to happen as the national grid going down for a couple of weeks or a financial collapse would end life as they now know it in these 153 urban areas.
Many talk about the division existing between red and blue state. Even so, there is a much greater division in our nation between urban and rural people in each state in the Union. If all 50 states became independent countries, the division between urban and rural people would remain.
One author suggested the solution to the conservative and progressive division in America is to make these large liberal cities into sovereign states of their own. These new city-states would have their own laws and constitution so what they do in these city-states would not impact those in the more rural conservative areas of America. A fitting name for this city-state theory is “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”. It is already happening to some extent. Cities are not enforcing some federal laws but on the other hand they take away national constitutional rights.
If city states became the norm, you might have a hundred or more states in America that cannot agree on anything other than the big cities would be socialist and the rural areas would remain constitutionally and morally conservative.
If city states happened, these city-states would soon pass “progressive” rules that would free them to become literally as evil and perverse as Sodom and Gomorrah. Without the influence of the more moral rural people, there would be no moral restraint on the urban dwellers.
That city-state solution would bring about the same solution that God came up with for the evils of Sodom and Gomorrah. That actually is where we are heading. If it does not happen sooner in America, it will happen during the great tribulation when all the great cities of the world fall (Rev 16:19).
It seems that those that do not want to follow Abraham are still choosing their locations of destiny around big cities. Modern cities can be very enticing places to those that love their sin and reject natural moral law. Many of these are given over to a reprobate mind (Rom 1). Those that believe God like Abraham, increasingly hate what is going on in America’s cities. Some are heading for the hills on their own.
I think the people living in these 153 areas will be in great physical danger as the moral slide continues. You might want to get away from these areas as soon as you can. If you can’t, but believe and fear God, maybe God’s angels will take you by the hand and lead you out of Sodom and Gomorrah before the fire falls. Don’t look back.
Editor note: This is a rewrite of an article on my old blog by a different title.