by Beverly Barnett
Friday, August 16
Lot’s Ineffective Testimony
“And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law,” Genesis 19:14.
Our testimony is important. Ask anyone who has lived a life in disregard of God and then tried to influence a loved one to do or become better, like Lot tried to do. Do not be like Lot!
Lot was a husband, father and a person of influence in the city of Sodom. We know this because he sat at the city gate. But, it is apparent that he did not use his influence to teach people to worship God and Him only, even in his own family. It is hard to teach a child to love God and keep His commandments if they do not see it in their parent’s life.
Apparently, even though Lot may not have participated in the sexual deviance that was rampant in Sodom and Gomorrah, he never actually condemned it either. Sadly, the same thing has happened in our families and in church membership today. We hear the excuse it is an alternate lifestyle, and God loves them so should we. While the latter is true, love does not mean we should not condemn sin, and pray for them to see their sin and repent. Sexual deviance is a sin against God, and it has consequences. Lot would not speak out against theses sinful lifestyles. His silence was consent, as a result, his sons-in-law rejected his pleads to leave the city before the coming destruction. The Bible does not state how many daughters, sons-in-law or grandchildren were killed because they would not listen to Lot. We only know that Lot, his wife and two daughters escaped the city. Even to lose one person because we will not take a stand for God and His commandments is one too many.
REFLECTION: “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity,
and sow wickedness, reap the same” (Job 4:8).