Genesis 19:4-8 Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.” So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him, and said, “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly! See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.”
This is one of those stories in the Bible that brings a crease to my brow every time I read it. How in the world could a man offer his virgin daughters to a raging, lust filled group of perverse men? I understand that a high value was placed on hospitality, but COME ON!!! How was that even an option?
Lot’s answer should have been, “you’re not having these men.” Period. No bargaining with them. No attempting to find a more “acceptable” outlet for their lusts to be satisfied.
At this point Lot had been in Sodom somewhere between 13-24 years. When he first decided to move towards Sodom the Bible tells us that “the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.” Genesis 13:13.
Lot may have maintained his integrity for a time, but the continual influence of an evil environment pressing against his life wore him down. Although scripture doesn’t record it, I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that Lot had started making little compromises long before this time.
Very rarely do we find ourselves confronted with a great compromise if we haven’t already yielded to smaller ones. When we choose to dwell in an unrighteous atmosphere it should be no great surprise if we find ourselves being affected by it.
Have you ever said, “I would never __________?” Only to find yourself doing that very thing in a careless and unguarded moment? It was surely preceded by other smaller disobediences.
There is no place in the believers life for compromise when it comes to obedience to God and a holy life. It is a slippery slope that many have never recovered from. Don’t let yourself be among that number.
“… the continual influence of an evil environment pressing against his life wore him down.”
Oh so true. Lot endured this for the perks and ease of life in the plain. Better to flee to the mountain.
“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” Romans 13:14 (NASB)
Yours is a very practical word, Eirene. Thank you!
There’s a story one of the elders of the Comanche tribe (here in Oklahoma) once told me that speaks to your point.
A child found a snake in the snow and put it in his pocket. Going inside the house, he laid the half-frozen reptile by the fire. After a few minutes the creature began to crawl away, so the boy tired to pick it up. The snake 🐍 bit him on the hand.
The boy cried, “Why did you bite me, after I saved you from the snow?” The snake replied, “I’m a snake, that’s what I do. I bite things.”
🙏❤️ prayers and love.