Wednesday, January 10

Sodom moved in

Scripture: Genesis 19-20, Luke 10

Observation

Some thoughts about Lot.

When Abram and Lot decided to part ways due to the large size of their herds, Abram graciously gave the younger man first pick. Lot chose the well-watered Jordan valley which was not only the prime pick for his livestock, but also home to the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot went from dwelling in tents to a home in Sodom. Not only did Lot move into Sodom, but Sodom moved into Lot and his family.

The moral rot of Sodom infected Lot and showed up in all the following ways.

      • He was willing to sacrifice his daughters to protect his visitors. On some level it might seem noble, but it’s twisted.
      • His sons-in-law didn’t take him seriously when he sent a warning—a sign that he had lost his moral authority.
      • He had to be forcibly removed from Sodom. And even then, he negotiated for a nearby town, not the hill country. He struggled to imagine a different life than this life in the valley.
      • His wife looked back or turned back and was swept away in the destruction. This was more than mere curiosity. It was disobedience and an expression of her reluctance to leave her old life. Luke 17:32
      • He eventually fled Zoar in fear and moved into a cave—down, down, down.
      • Then the bottom: in the cave, Lot’s daughters conspired to make him drunk and have sex with them, since they didn’t see any future for themselves.

It’s a sad tale that gets sadder at every turn. One compromise led to another and another. 

Application

We all live in Sodom in one sense, but we can’t let Sodom move into us. We’re “in the world” (John 17), but we’re not to be “of the world”—that is, we’re not to let the world infect us, corrupt us, form us. 

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…

I love the life I’m blessed to live in this world. There is so much good and beauty. I’m not denying that. But there is also a lot of evil and immorality, and I can’t be conformed by that. 

James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Lot got polluted, and his whole family paid the price. 

So enjoy life…but don’t get polluted. It’s one thing to live in the world without letting the world live in you. 

Prayer: Lord, I don’t want to do what Lot did—make one compromise that led to a landslide of disastrous choices. I don’t want to be conformed to the world, but instead be a light to the world.