Is it possible that one might find themselves comfortably fitted in the family of God’s grace, disturbed and distressed by the immoral activities of the world… yet unwittingly be found ineffectively clinging to the world and its influences?
The Apostle Peter described one such man in just that way. He concludes that this man lived amidst the Sodomites without influencing even his immediate family, much less his neighbors. This man was of course Lot; nephew of Abraham (2 Peter 2:6-9).
Living within the gates of this city, when Sodom was destroyed, there wasn’t another righteous person to be found anywhere. Although a prominent man of affluence, he influenced no one. Were not his own children taught to fear the God of his uncle?
What then was Lot’s folly? While Peter tells us that he cringed at the sight of what the people of Sodom did, Lot remained as close to their immorality as he could, hanging on to this relationship until the bitter end of Sodom. Rather than standing with boldness against the wicked men of Sodom who desired to enact unspeakable things against the angels of heaven, Lot offered them his daughters.
In much the same way as Jesus stood out from the crowds where He ministered, His people are called to do likewise. The messages of salt and light are just as pertinent today as they were for Peter and John. Remember the words of our Lord…
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. —Matthew 5:16
Jesus’ instruction indicates that when we submit to being who we are called to be, lives will be changed. One of the mentor’s of my life often quotes, “So goes the Church… so goes the world.” If we are witnessing an increase in immorality and ungodliness in our nations, we might do well to examine ourselves. There might be a lot of Lot in our lot.
From today’s message in “The Daily Bread,” these words are recorded.
People are watching us. The question is… what do they see? —Bill Crowder
Show me the way, Lord, let my light shine
As an example of good to mankind.
Help them to see the patterns of Thee,
Shining in beauty, lived out in me. —Neuer