Remember how Sodom and Gomorrah were portrayed? Drunken men with multiple piercings and bright red robes, with one loose woman under each arm. Guess what? That is going on in our culture today. First of all, there's sex. There seem to be neither boundaries nor taboos any more when it comes to sex. Anything goes- from heterosexual to homosexual to bi-,trans-,poly-. and you don't want to know sexual experiences. Sex has become a ubiquitous, cheap, meaningless quest for ever-greater thrills. The guy no longer has to lie to the girl pretend he likes her or take her out to dinner to get sex – he just has to show up.
What about body piercing? It has progressed from traditional earrings for females, to earrings for males to multiple piercings for both males and females in literally every part of the body – the tongue, nose, eyebrow, lip, cheek, navel, breasts, genitals – again, things you don't really want to know.
It's the same progression to extremes with tattooing. But why stop with "conventional" piercing and tattooing? Ritual scarification and 3D-art implants are big. So are genital beading, stretching and cutting, transdermal implants, scrotal implants, tooth art and facial sculpture.
How about tongue splitting? How about branding?
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." – Ephesians 6:12.
Well now, is it just my imagination, or is there something about today's piercing and tattooing of the body, and the free sex that permeates this culture, that literally evokes the spirit of Sodom and Gomorrah?
You might say. "They're just adorning the human body to make it more beautiful and unique. Let them have their fun. Who are they hurting?" Such excuses spring up in our minds quite easily, as most certainly they did also in the time of Sodom, Gomorrah and other perverse societies.
The fact is, what has risen "out of the pit" in today's world bears a striking resemblance to the ageless spirit of defiant. A spirit now inhabiting millions of people "freed" by trauma (drugs, illicit sex, bodily mutilation, etc.) from the pain of their own conscience – which is to say, freed from God and the divine law written deep down in every person's heart. Why? Same reason as always: so they can be their own gods and make up their own rules.
In past eras, if parents were very imperfect or even corrupt, their children still had a reasonable chance of "growing up straight," since the rest of society still more or less reflected Christian values. The youngster could bond to a teacher, minister, mentor or organization that could provide some healthy direction and stability.
If parents fail to properly guide and protect their children, the kids get swallowed whole by the monster we call culture.
Today's youth rebellion is not only against failing parents, but against the entire adult society – against the children of the 1960s cultural revolution who grew up to become their parents. Unfortunately, many of us never shook off the transforming effects of that national trauma, which birthed the "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" youth counterculture, the leftist hate-America movement, the women's liberation movement and overriding all, of course, the sexual revolution.
No wonder our children are rebelling. And today's insane Sodom-and-Gomorrah culture, which we have allowed and in many ways created, stands waiting in the wings to welcome them with open arms. What do you think about our out of control youth? Do you see any hope for them? Where did we go wrong?