Excuse the pun! As part of my Bible reading plan this year, I recently came across the story of Lot’s rescue from Sodom and Gomorrah. It’s a story that is largely overlooked, in favour of the controversial debate on homosexuality. But in the midst of the debate, is a person whose story reverberates with resemblances of the Christian in his faith.
- We read that Lot is sinful. Despite, Abraham’s prayers for God to spare the city if only 10 righteous people were found there, it is undeniable that even Lot (in all his “heterosexual” ways!) is very much sinful. If you were left in any doubt after reciting Romans 3:23 (all have sinned and fallen short), take a look at how Lot handles the riot on his doorstep (v8). It really is not pretty! We are like Lot in this way, that even as Christians we remain sinful. Just because we give our lives to Christ, does not end the inclinations of our heart. We must still wrestle and put to death the tendencies of sin within our self. Romans 7.
- We read that Lot was rescued by God, on the basis of someone else’s faith. A chapter previously, Abraham is pleading with God to spare the city and rescue Lot. Abraham is playing the role of intercessor. At the end of Genesis 19, we read that “so when God destroyed the cities of the plain, He remembered Abraham, and He brought Lot out of the catastrophe..” (v29). Notice Lot isn’t saved because he was a holy man, he was saved because God remembered Abraham. In the same way, we are not rescued from the destruction of hell, because we are righteous…but rather because of the faith and righteousness of Jesus. Romans 8.
- We read that Lot attempted to persuade others to flee the coming wrath and destruction. He pleaded with his son’s in law (or soon to be son’s in law) to leave. But it says they ‘laughed at him’. How often do we experience this as Christians, when we tell others about the good news. Many people laugh, disbelieve. Romans 9.
- We read that after the rescue of Lot and his family, he continues to make foolish and harmful decisions. Giving himself to drink and promiscuity, to the point that his own daughters take advantage of him. This is no ideal man, no ideal husband and father. In fact, a man like this would likely be arrested. In the same way, many Christians – even Church leaders – are riddled with the residue of the sinful flesh. This is not to excuse them, or myself, but rather to urge us back to Him who is our righteousness. To push us back to worship. To encourage us to present our bodies as living sacrifices to Him who rescued us. Romans 12.