Not a Lot to Follow

Lot followed God but not enough that anyone else could follow him.  Lot had no impact on the world; He was like a secret believer. If he had of lived in Myanmar or the old Soviet Union there wouldn’t have been enough evidence to convict him of being a Christian.

Lot had a totally wrong idea of evil. He asked God not to send him to the mountains but to send him to a little city to avoid evil.  …And I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me and I die.  Behold now, this city is near to flee to, and it is a little one. Oh let me escape there and my soul shall live. Gen 19:20 

He saw evil as physical not moral but moral evil will hurt our family more than physical evil.  PC politicians, educators and even parents sometime are clueless when it come to the worst evil.  They put bans on tree climbing lest children graze their knees but pour evil into their minds.  Teachers hand out condoms and tell them they are now having safe sex.

Because Abraham talked to God and learned from him, he was a blessing to all peoples.  People listened to him: he was a witness and he was called the prince with God.   In contrast, when Lot spoke to his sons-in-law about God, they thought he was kidding. They could not take what he said seriously.  The effect of Lot’s life of compromise is clearly seen. Lot was a consumer and not productive. Abraham and his people had to intercede and rescue him from Gods judgement.   Only Abraham’s prayer could save the righteous in Lots own city.  The man who didn’t live in the city was more influential than the man whose family and business were there.   Instead of being a help to the city, Lot was a hindrance. Instead of being a peace maker he was a trouble maker. He wasn’t pure in heart; He didn’t hunger and thirst for righteousness.  Lot had become an addict of the world and had nothing to offer. He needed a buzz, a fix, and a prop up from the world. He had nothing to offer others; he himself was in need.   If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.  (1 Corinthians 3:15.)

Friend, the life of Lot shows us is that it is possible to have a saved soul and a wasted life. Lets give others something to follow.


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