“The cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great.” This was what the Lord told Abraham as they looked out over the valley, past the still waters of the Dead Sea to the lush, quiet cities of the plain. As the sun set in the west, casting it’s long, warm shadows against the sturdy walls and gentle rooftops, illuminating the stately palm trees that rose from amid the buildings, Abraham might have asked, “what cry?”
Creation itself groans under the weight of human rebellion against God. But, each life sends up a cry, betraying the self-satisfied pleasure each one feels in committing both macro and micro evils. What that means is that we may not be committing murder (macro), but we still show hatred, or outbursts of anger (micro). We may not rob a bank (macro), but we rob another’s virtue through gossip (micro).
Each one of our lives cries out to God, alerting him to our sin though we have tried to cover ourselves with leaves and have hidden from His sight.
The cry of the oppressed, the down trodden – the victims of human violence and lust. The cry of the maiden, the wife, and the child. These were the cries which had entered into the ears of the Lord God of Sabaoth. And each sin has a cry. “The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto Me” and it will go on crying; unless it is silenced by the yet greater voice of the blood of Christ “which speaketh better things. –F.B. Meyer
Our sin cries out to God, betraying our guilt. No amount of good work or religious leaves will cover our shame and nakedness. Only the sacrifice of Christ can cover it.
What is the cry of your life? Do you have Christ speaking louder on your behalf?