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The Lot Affect 

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With all of the chitchat going on about gay rights and such, I thought it would be nice if we could have a little discussion about a guy who lived years ago, surrounded by an extremely wicked culture.

I’m referring to Lot; Abraham’s nephew.

 

Through the years Lot has taken a lot of abuse from preachers and laymen alike.

 

“Lot is the perfect example of compromise”, some will say.

“Lot didn’t deserve to be delivered from the Lord’s judgment”, others will say, using their best, righteous sounding voice.

I ask you, “Who DOES deserve God’s deliverance?”

No one.

And while I’m at it, please understand Sodom and Gomorrah weren’t destroyed because they advocated, endorsed, entertained, or even practiced homosexuality. 

That’s not what the bible says.

“…Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire…” (Jude 1:7 ESV)

Homosexuality was only PART of the issue.

“Sexual immorality and unnatural desire” included the “gay” lifestyle along with other sexual perversions – bestiality, anal sex, group sex, sex with children, and other things I’ve never heard of or wouldn’t want to mention.

Extreme wickedness.

But let’s get back to Lot.

Before Lot moved to the luscious and fertile plains, he lived at least 15 years with his uncle Abraham. 15 years living with one of God’s best friends. I believe at least some of Abraham’s faith rubbed off on young Lot.

“But he compromised his faith by moving to a wicked community”, you may say.

Isn’t that what they said about Jesus?

It’s definitely what the Pharisees said.

Please allow me to play the “what if card”. Could it be Lot had noble intentions by moving to Sodom? Like a missionary moving to a certain city to bring hope and the Kingdom of God to the city; that COULD have been Lot’s intent.

In fact, Lot COULD have been given a specific, God ordained mission. Remember, the Lord is not willing that anyone perish. He wants ALL to come to the knowledge of truth and repentance.

 

God sends people like you and I, people like Jonah, and people such as Lot into places of trouble and wickedness.

 

So, if Lot had a God given reason for living in such a rotten area, why didn’t he get the city turned around?

Thinking about Lot, myself, and my Lord, I’ve come to the following conclusions; which I refer to as The Lot Affect.

1. Whether it is Moses, Jonah, Lot, or Jesus Himself, the mission is to be a witness. No one can make people believe and change; not even the Lord.

2. Standing against opposition is never easy. By opposition, I mean people disagreeing with you, arguing and demeaning you; to where you begin to feel like an idiot. You either want to give up, get mad and get even, or a little of both.

3. Your stand for righteousness can be worn down by the extremely wicked society. But keep your mind fixed on Jesus, His love and power, and your mission.

Notice: “and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment.” (2 Peter 2:7-9 ESV)

4. If we stand for truth, we will be delivered from wickedness.

5. Righteousness is rewarded. So is unrighteousness.

Just different rewards, that’s all.

6. When the wicked citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah watched Lot and his family get in their car and leave town, I’m sure they rejoiced!

Remember how they said to Lot, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge“? (Genesis 19:9 ESV)

7. Don’t expect to see eye to eye with people who don’t have the same convictions. Expect them to be intolerant and belittling.

And although your soul is vexed, and the crowd continues to eat, drink, and party…

…it’s nothing new.

“Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot – they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all – so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” (Luke 17:28-30)

When the Son is revealed, and He will be, nothing else will matter.

In the meantime, remember The Lot Affect.

Judges and Judgment

 

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In my opinion, and in the opinion of four of the nine Supreme Court Justices, June 26, 2015 was not a day for America to celebrate.

It was NOT a new day of independence.

Yes, there’ll be many voices declaring the American society has finally seen the light. But has it really?

What has really changed?

Today marks the beginning of the end of a once great nation.

No, I’m not a pessimist by nature.

No, I’m not a homophobe.

No, I don’t side with hate mongers, racists, bigots, criminals of any kind, religious fruitcakes, or professional politicians.

Yes, I love this country, its citizens, people I understand, and those I don’t.

But the decision today, again, in my opinion, was one step too many on the slippery slope of compromise.

Compromise? What’s wrong with compromise?

If you’re talking about negotiating a salary, visitation rights, or where to go for supper, compromise can be a good thing.

When I’d like to watch a western flick, and my wife would prefer to watch a comedy, a compromise could benefit both of us.

But natural, civic, and spiritual laws, especially God’s laws, are not to be trifled with. 

Ever.

If you treat the law of gravity as though it’s outdated, you will pay the consequences. One way or another.

If you stand outside, holding a 30 foot lightning rod during an electrical storm, you may very likely find yourself burnt to a crisp.

If society labels God’s laws as obsolete, or out of touch with the needs of everyone, that’s one thing. But when the safeguards of society, the country’s judges, blatantly ignore civic, natural, and spiritual laws, they have placed the nation they were appointed to protect on a collision course with judgment.

God’s judgment.

“And I charged your judges at that time, ‘Hear the cases between your brothers, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien who is with him. You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God’s.'” (Deuteronomy 1:16 ESV)

It’s happened throughout history. Not only with the nation of Israel, but with the Greeks, Romans, and the Nazis of Hitler’s Germany. Whether a judge’s decision is influenced by bribery, threats, or simply a worldview differing from God’s written and/or unwritten laws, the results are the same.

Judgment.

On our nation’s currency are the words “In God We Trust.” But today, in this nation’s highest court, our Justices said, “God Who?”

Their “majority” decision basically said, “To hell with God!”

The history of this nation is a remarkable one. Though not a perfect nation, God has had His hand on her since her very beginning.

But today’s act of defiance has taken the gavel of justice and smashed the hand of God’s blessing. 

God has no choice but to let man have his way. He must let go.

For as the courts go, so goes the nation.

Sodom and Gomorrah were cities finally judged by God; but only after the guardians of that society had determined their own fate.

How so? The historical account, as well as the biblical account, reveal an extremely wicked society. They displaced natural and spiritual laws with their own, “This is what we want, so this is what we’ll have” laws. And the society’s custodians agreed.

Judges are supposed to be the custodians, the guardians, of a society. 

Wickedness is the downfall of EVERY nation.

The judges have called for judgment.

Like it or not. Believe it or not.

“Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34 NLT)

There’s only one thing that can possibly save America. Repentance.

Neither economic wizards nor polished politicians can put together a plan that will ward off future judgment.

The majority, whether the majority of Justices or the majority of voters like you and I, cannot legislate a perfect, utopian world…

…and my, how we’ve tried…

…apart from God.

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