Spirit of compromise

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.

Leaving the leaven alone

1 Corinthians 5:6b Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

Paul wrote this in the context of a sinning believer who was left uncorrected and became a source of corruption with the possibility to contaminate the whole body. I believe it equally applies to us as individual believers.

While we are “in the world but not of the world” we are often far too comfortable partaking of the things of the world. We are deceived when we think that this will leave us unaffected. Just like leaven, carnality and wordiness in one area will work its way through the entire life.

As I’m writing this our nation is in limbo as a presidential election has been contested and the whole country seems to be divided. Everywhere you look there is political commentary and I must confess that I’ve struggled with staying free of it. There just a desire to know what’s going on – not that we can really know.

Many of the political commentators on both sides are biased, harsh and angry. Who can listen to a steady diet of this and not be affected in their spirit?

Feeding on the things of this world, even when they don’t seem to be overtly wicked, will dampen your spiritual senses and quench your spiritual fire. It’s not worth it.

Leave the leaven alone.