Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.” 33 And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.
This passage culminates in two different audacities. First, Abraham has the hutzpah to haggle His Creator down to the agreement that if 10 righteous are found amongst the urban hipcats of Sodom, God will spare them. The second is that there apparently were not even 10 righteous in that progressive city. For all of its modern charm and relevance, it lacked 1 thing… well, 10 things to be exact. There were no more than 9 righteous people in that entire metroplex. If there had been, it would have remained standing. But for lack of righteousness it was humbled. Posters promoting parades of pride flamed and flew through the cocky atmosphere. For all their advancement, they had finally arrived at their terminal.