Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sodom and Gomorrah - The Lifetime Channel doesn't want you to read this.

Genesis 19:6-7 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, "No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof."

Marrying a person that you've slept with out of wedlock doesn't justify your past sin, you still need to take that to God. The same way sleeping with a woman doesn't justify a homosexual mans' previous actions with other men. However, that was what Lot was attempting to do here.

Looking at what Lot has said - it is as if the only problem he sees with this situation is the homosexual nature of these men wanting the angels that have come to stay with Lot. He greets them warmly - 'my friends' - He then states that he doesn't want them to do this 'wicked' thing. Which wicked thing is he talking about? - because we had a whole list of them in the last post. Lot is talking about the sin of homosexuality - only. How do I know? Because in the same breath - he suggests that they do exactly the same thing - only with his daughters. The only part of the equation that has changed has been the gender of the victims.

It infuriates me to picture in my mind these girls and what they might be thinking after hearing their father say this to this mob that has formed.

I don't find Lot to be the greatest of men. I don't think he was a good example for Christ. I don't think he should've stayed in a town that was so full of sin it caused him to hide his witness for God. This is so relevant to our lives today. How many people say they can't be effective for Christ because of their job, or their town, or their family? If you can't be an effective witness for Christ then you need to quit that job, move out of that town, and get away from that family. You can't quit your job at a law firm whose practice is unethical because you have a family to support? Luke 12:28 But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! Do you believe it or don't you?

On the other side of things - God is working hard to get Lot out of there. Lot, the one who didn't get father of the year - is being watched over by God and protected. God watches over His children and protects us even when we are not living a life that glorifies Him. How proud He must be of us when we do. I so want to make Him proud.

4 wonderful insights:

Edie said...

I want to please my God too. I can't be as hard on Lot as I want to because I realize how many are my own sins. I am thankful for His unfailing love and mercy.

Greg C said...

Ditto what Edie said. I am the last person to cast stones but I am trying to move my way up the list. Not that I want to throw stones but I do want to sin less. I keep trying. I can't imagine offering a daughter of son to lesson someone's sinning.

Kay Martin said...

This part of the Bible truly stretches our American Western culture minds to extremes. I' m not scholarly enough to recall what I have studied on this, but women must realize even today that are many cultures that do not give honor to females.

Even Abraham, Lot's uncle, lied to stay alive so that his beautiful wife, Sara, could be with the heathen king so that Abraham could be spared harm.

Edie is so right. Never will God have us license anything apart from His perfect plan laid out in the Bible, but this is always laid out with hope, mercy and love in it.

I find so many young people believe they are smart to live together before they marry. I have become a covenant scholar because only as I lay out what the Bible tells us about covenant and particularly marriage covenant there is no way to get them to even question the need of marriage to join them together.

Great post. We must seek God's Truth throughout the Bible. We must not skip over the "tough" passages. Thanks for jumping in here.

Chatty Kelly said...

I'm with you today. I can't imagine giving my daughter's to anyone - yet women were property then. Although look what Lot got - duaghters who then slept with their father. I guess when you're raised with no morals - you have no morals.