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The Word in the World

The Word in the World – It’s not a joke (Genesis 19:12-14)

Today’s Reading: Genesis 19-21

Today’s Reflection: Genesis 19:12-14

12) Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone you have in the city, bring them out of the place. 13) For we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it.” 14) So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, “Up! Get out of this place, for the LORD is about to destroy the city.” But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting.

It is impossible to be a part of modern North American culture and not notice the disdain, disrespect and denigration that Christianity routinely faces.  Though Christian (or Christian-appearing) celebrations like Christmas and Easter are widely accepted, or certain figures like the Pope, Mother Teresa or Billy Graham are generally treated with high regard, the substance of Christianity is rejected.  Beliefs such as the truth of the Gospel, the validity of the bible as a historical document, the reality of spiritual warfare, and a final judgment of the righteous and the wicked are for the most part seen as illogical and nonsensical.

To much of this world Christianity is just a joke.

When two men came to visit Lot in Sodom in Genesis 19 and revealed they were angels, both in words and through a demonstration of their power (verses 4-11), they gave a clear and direct warning: Because of the extreme wickedness of Sodom, God is going to destroy this city and everyone in it.  Leave if you want to live.

Because of the faith he had been raised with and what he had just witnessed, Lot had no problem believing (though he and his family all had trouble obeying with tragic results, as verses 15-16, 24-26, and 30-38 show).  The two young men who were engaged to Lot’s daughters were another matter completely.  When Lot told them the warning he had received they couldn’t get it.  They thought he must be joking.  What Lot was saying couldn’t possibly be real.  It was illogical and nonsensical to think that this mighty city could be completely destroyed in an instant.  Their attitude proved to be fatal.

Those of us who have received the Gospel and live by it’s Light know the truth:  it isn’t a joke.  By God’s grace Salvation is already here, but Judgment is coming.  Those who want to escape the latter need to accept the former while the opportunity is before them.

NOTE: Lot does set a powerful and important example here.  He must have known the two young men did not believe in God and might disregard his warning, but he gave them warning anyway.  I encourage you to share the Word you have received and pray the hearts of those who hear you will be open to accepting the truth.

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