Of Tragedies and Darkness

Of Tragedies and Darkness

The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”

“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”

3 But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. 4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. 5 They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”

6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. 8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”

9 “Get out of our way,” they replied. “This fellow came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.

10 But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.

12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, 13 because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.”

14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking. Genesis 19:1-14

This story is full of tragedies and darkness. Lot knew what Sodom and Gomorrah were about when he brought his family. He knew the potential dangers they all faced. But more importantly, he knew about the wickedness and evil that was about to destroy the cities. Then he offered his daughters up for the townspeople to do what they wanted to them. Fortunately for the girls, the men wanted the visitors.

Similarly, the visitors obviously knew the townspeople and the evil that was quite blatant now. They came to rescue Lot and his family. The family did not see the danger they were in. In fact, the sons in law laughed at the visitors’ rescue mission.

They all had become desensitized to the sin around them.

That’s certainly a first world problem too. For example, we accept homosexuality as normal behavior but it’s anything but normal. We laugh at crude jokes aimed at Christians. I could go on because the list is endless. Essentially we gave up trying to change the culture, and instead allow it to change us.

O Lord, we repent of our selfish, uncaring ways. We confess that our love for you can easily grow cold and stale. We are not passionate at the things you’re passionate about. We desperately need a change in our thinking and in our motives. We need a fresh dose of the Holy Spirit to revive and renew us.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

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