In what has become an ongoing theme of 2020, you may have seen in the news that a statue of Robert E. Lee was taken down this past week from the United States Capital. It’s almost surprising to me that this statue lasted this long before being taken down as our country tries to expunge any direct, or in this case case indirect, reference to the wrongs of slavery from our nation’s history. And while I certainly will not attempt to tackle the pros and cons of the removal of such statues, the general feeling of most in our country is that somehow our nation is better off now with these references to Confederate leaders being removed. That morally we are better off as a nation if Robert E. Lee’s statue is replaced with a civil rights leader. We are advancing as a society, aren’t we?
While that may be the general consensus, our reading today may offer a different perspective. As you read through the book of Jude I believe that we as Americans get a glimpse of where we stand as a nation in the eyes of God. Let me highlight several verses for consideration. Verse 7 reads, “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” Skipping ahead to verses 14 and 15, “Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” And finally verses 18-19, “How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.”