Today, we are going to talk about Lot just a bit. I say just a bit because we could write volumes about Abraham’s nephew Lot, and see a thousand lessons in his story; actually, many people have done just that. But, there is just one incident I want to focus on in this story. We do have to recap Lot’s life just a bit first though, to put this in context. I’ll reference Scripture, and readers can read the recap for themselves.
Lot first appears in Genesis 12:1-4 when God tells Abram to depart Haran and head to as yet undisclosed location.
We see Lot again, when his shepherds and those of Abram quarreled over good pasture land in the area they had gone to. In Genesis 13 we see the selfish decision Lot made in regard to the parcel of land he and his group desired. Lot “pitched his tent toward Sodom.” Verse 12. Looking back, we know this was the beginning of the troubles for Lot.
Our first indication that Lot had done more than just set up camp in the countryside comes in Genesis 14 when there was a rebellion and war among some kings in the Sodom area. The victorious king took the goods and people of Sodom, and because Lot was now actually living in Sodom, he and his family were also taken. “And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.” Verse 12.
As we fast forward to Genesis 19, we see that Lot is deeply entrenched in the business and culture doings of the sinful city of Sodom. The angels sent by God to extract Lot and his family from the imminent destruction of the city found Lot at the gate, with the other prominent businessmen of the city. He was entrenched deeply. “And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;” Verse 1.
Like we have done in others in this series, let’s talk about the call of Lot. Was he? Well sure he was. We know this because God sent angels to save him out of the destruction. The Holy Spirit revealed that also to Peter as he wrote one of his Epistles. “And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexeyld his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)” 2 Peter 2:7-8. So, yes, this one easy, God Himself through His Word tells us that, despite himself and his actions, the Lot was a called and righteous man.
All this makes one incident in this story all the more amazing, and sadder than sad. The two angels briefed Lot on what was to happen to his city, and Lot began to gather and inform his family. This happened:
“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
That seems completely nuts, doesn’t it? His sons in law literally laughed at Lot. Clearly, this was the first time they had heard any talk of God, or sin or judgment…EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE MARRIED TO HIS DAUGHTERS! Let’s not let his girls off the hook either; even though righteous themselves(they were saved from the destruction,) they obviously had never mentioned those issues either.
We can sit here a few thousand years later and talk about how this sounds crazy, and waggle our fingers at Lot for allowing such a thing to happen. But, friends, when we do we need to make sure we aren’t being big hypocrites when we do. I can testify personally to dozens of people who profess to belong to God, yet never mention his name in their own families; this would include parents who profess Christ, yet never expose their children to the Gospel.
Here is a quote that might put this issue into perspective:
“I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me along and keep your religion to yourself—how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?
“I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.”
Who said that? Some famous evangelist or noted preacher? Some great commentary writer? Well, no that’s a quote from atheist Penn Jillette, of the magician duo, Penn & Teller. (and a pretty funny guy honestly)
That’s awkward, isn’t it?