Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sodom and Gomorrah - One Good Man

Genesis 19:17-19 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, "Flee for your lives! Don't look back, and don't stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!" But Lot said to them, "No, my lords, please!

"You Can't Handle the Truth" - that's a famous quote from a great movie - A Few Good Men. Not that I'm a big fan of Demi Moore or Tom Cruise for that matter, but it was a riveting movie. The story is centered around a marine who gets killed and the men who were ordered to do it are on trial. With the final idea that "these men follow orders or someone could die". I'm sure, especially during war time, that many service men and women have had to face a situation where if they did not follow orders - whether they agreed with them or not - they would pay the consequences.

Lot is given explicit orders. Leave the city, don't look back, or you will die. Did Lot take this seriously? Did he truly understand the gravity of this situation? He was given orders by men higher in command than he - and they needed to be obeyed.

We have orders. They're in the Bible. We find ten of them in Exodus. Other orders include things like 'love your neighbor as yourself' or 'go and spread the gospel'.

The cases are the same. We must follow orders - or someone may die. Maybe not a physical death, but possibly a spiritual one - which is far worse. There should be no other option here. We are a part of God's army and we have the best Commander-in-Chief. Are you willing to risk a fallen comrade by not following the orders? Have you ever seen the results when you do?

3 wonderful insights:

Kay Martin said...

Staying close to the Lord in quiet meditation and Bible study is my only hope to #1 hear Him; and then #2 "know" His voice so that I'm not confused. #3 Have the Word of God: Bible in my mind so well that all other words are secondary to His.

When I am in this lifestyle I then can pray for Holy Spirit to encourage and bolden me to have the courage to walk out what God calls for with no hesitation or looking back. It's not my nature to do the supernatural works of God. I always have to call out to Him.

Thanks for this study. I've never "dug" deeply in this area. I guess the similarity to Sodom & Gomorrah have always been too similar to USA.

Bless you.

Greg C said...

Not only are we part of God's army, we are surely at war. The enemy isn't holding back so we shouldn't either.

Having been in the Military, I have to agree. Sometimes you have to follow orders without question. When I got near the end of my service, things were changing. They expected us to explain and get buy in on our orders. That scared me. The same thing is happening today when it comes to God's orders. People are questioning them instead of following them. Yes someone may die because of it. Great message.

Chatty Kelly said...

We just watched this on rerun the other night. My hubs loves this movie, he is former military as well.

Great analogy!