“Don’t do this wicked thing!”
January 8th Scripture Reading: Genesis 18-20
An ongoing debate is going on in our society concerning gay rights. Those in favor argue that genetically they are made with a preference that they cannot change. They say it is discrimination and lack of tolerance when government or church will not allow them all the rights that traditional married couples have. A large number of states have passed traditional marriage protection acts, but others have voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
In response to the reports of wickedness, God sent two angels to Sodom to rescue Lot and his family before judgment fell. As these angels were visiting with Lot, the men of Sodom came knocking on Lot’s door, demanding to have those visitors for their own sexual pleasure. Lot pleaded with them, “Please don’t do this wicked thing.” (Genesis 19:6) But they began to move to break down his door. The angels intervened, pulled Lot inside, and struck the men blind. They then warned Lot to gather his family and leave because they were under orders from God to destroy that city.
The saddest note in this story is when Lot tried to warn his son’s-in- law about the coming destruction and they thought he was joking! (Genesis 19:14) Lot had moved to Sodom with great riches. He apparently tolerated the wickedness and even failed to help his own daughters find believing mates. His own wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt! What a sad case of a man who knew God and His blessing but was deluded by the spirit of Sodom! Are you warning those involved in the “sin of Sodom?” Are you careful to vote for godly men and women who will listen to God’s Word on this subject? Pray for discernment and intercede for mercy for our land!
God’s message for our day is plain! He designed man and woman for marriage and raising godly children. When we rebel against His plan, consequences will follow. We have the freedom to choose our lifestyle, but the consequences surely will come with it!
“Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah–from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:24-26