Reject Evil

Refuse to compromise (Genesis 19:1-8). Genesis 19, It’s dusk, the day and time of Sodom is drawing to a close. Two angels arrive and are met at the cities’ gate by Lot. In ancient times, public business was often conducted at the gates of the city gates. Think of it as the wheeler-dealers market place of meeting. This reveals to us Lot was involved in city business, apparently, he’s fitting in well in Sodom. Genesis 19:1-2~…When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way…(ESV). Lot knows who they are which leads us to wonder if He has knowledge of their intentions, or if he understands a reaction the city will take to them. Genesis 19:2c~No; we will spend the night in the town square. (ESV) Insisting, Lot intervenes. Genesis 19:3~But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. 

After the angels have eaten, but before going to bed, word gets out Lot has visitors. Men young and old come knocking. Genesis 19:5~And they called to Lot, Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them (יָדַע yada`). (ESV) (יָדַע yada`) means to know with experience, to be aquatinted carnally. Get the correct picture. God sends His angels to see the reason for the outcry from the city and when the angels show up, the men clearly intend on gang rape. Sodom and across Canaan, sexual immorality was common and socially acceptable.
Lot was a believer but had greatly compromised himself by living in a city filled with wickedness called Sodom. Yet, he was not so far gone as to yield to this vile request. Rather to appease their lust, Genesis 19:7-8~I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly…I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please…(ESV). This is not a dad I know. Sure some believe Lot thought his daughters would suffer no harm because they were virgins betrothed to fellow Sodomites, the ones Lot calls sons-in-law in verse 14. 

Perhaps Lot was betting on the Law. Which according to the legal code of the Sodomites, the penalty for having sex with betrothed virgins was death. No matter what Lot was thinking, this was a colossal breach of fatherly love not to mention human decency. The city of Sodom had reached the final stage of moral deterioration and reprobation. The Bible tells us how God reacts when a culture reaches the state of depravity where homosexuality is socially acceptable. Romans 1:28~And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved (ἀδόκιμος adokimos) mind, to do those things which are not proper, (NASB) The word (ἀδόκιμος adokimos) is reprobate, depraved, the loss of moral sense, or submerged in perversion. 

After reading the manuscript of one of Billy Graham’s books that deals with the moral climate in the US, Ruth Graham said, If God does not judge America, He will need to apologize to Sodom! Hear me, Christians should never be guilty of gay-bashing, however, we must never be guilty of retreating from the clear teaching of God’s Word about homosexuality. We must remember God’s love is for all sinners. Romans 5:8~But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NIV) Their sin is no worse than our sin and God does not love them any less. This was a city of practicing homosexuals, and there is a big difference between being a practicing homosexual and one having tendencies. The Bible condemns the practice, not the temptation. 

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