"Awake, Thou That Sleepest!"
The moral corruption in the world today approaches that of Sodom and Gomorrah. Since God
judged Sodom and Gomorrah – what reason have we to presume that we shall escape judgment today?
Yet a study of Genesis 18 reveals that God is open to intercession to spare a city provided there is a
God-fearing nucleus in the city.
"Awake, thou that sleepest!" says the Bible (Eph. 5:14). How we Christians need to wake up to the
crisis in the earth! The grave dangers of terrorism spread ever more widely around the world. The
threat of weapons of mass destruction hangs heavy over the world. Despite this, the average person is
too absorbed in the trivialities of life to be bothered about the critical situation. It seems characteristic
of people to be apathetic in face of imminent peril.
Our Lord foretold of the listless, unknowing attitude of the multitudes when He comes back to earth
again: "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days
that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the
day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall
also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matt. 24:37-39).
To the unconverted, the Second Coming will be the greatest catastrophe of their lives. And yet many
make no effort to repent and get right with God. The people as a whole seem indifferent to the stark
dangers that confront our world. "God… spared not the old world…and turning the cities of Sodom and
Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that
after should live ungodly" (2 Peter 2:4-6).
Many people are religious, but we have divorced religion from righteous living. One is reminded of
what Isaiah said about Israel, who at that time worshipped God with an insincere formalism: "Ah,
sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children th