"That Won't Happen To Me" and Other Lies

“Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of Jordan was well watered, like the garden of  the  LORD,  like  the  land  of  Egypt,  toward  Zoar.  (This  was  before  the  LORD  destroyed Sodom  and  Gomorrah.)  So  Lot  chose  for  himself  the  whole  plain  of  Jordan  and  set  out toward the east. The two men parted company. Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.”
Genesis 13: 10-12

What were your thoughts as you read that snippet of Lot’s life? Did you want to shout, “Don’t do it, Lot! Turn around! Go back to your uncle!”? Or, did you think, “Well, it’s dangerous to be around that much temptation but if he’s careful...” Maybe, like me, you read that short passage with a self-assured air, “I can  see  how  Lot  was  drawn in,  but  that  wouldn’t  happen  to  me.  Besides,  didn’t  Jesus  say  something about letting your light shine?”  

What’s a Christian to do?  

I  don’t  think  the  question  is, should  a  Christian  go  to  a  dark  place.  While  we,  God’s  children,  are strangers  in  this  dark,  broken  world,  here  we  are.   So,  I  think  the  question  is, how  does  a  Christian venture into the darkness of this world? 

Re-examine that brief glimpse into Lot’s reasoning as to why he, a servant of the Sovereign Lord, should live near such deep darkness.

Flip  the  page  before  verse  10  and  we  discover  that Abram  and  Lot  had  acquired  wealth  plus their herdsmen  were  causing  dangerous  division  between  the  uncle  and  his  nephew (vs.  5-8).  When  Lot examined the land, what he saw was pleasing. He may have thought, “My herds/wealth will increase on that well watered plain. Yes, those people of Sodom are sinning -- a lot – but I’ll just be near that. I won’t be a part of it.”

A  couple  of  Lot’s  character  flaws  are  revealed  here:  He  chooses  the  best  land  for  himself,  even  if  it means that his uncle Abram is left wanting.  Lot’s non-discerning eye (and heart) doesn’t see the true danger to himself, his wife and his daughters. Clearly, he stops seeing light vs. dark, but can only make out the gray.

Lacking in Lot’s thoughts – from what God allows us to see – is any acknowledgement of God. When Lot makes his choice, he doesn’t seem to consider how, or if, that choice will honor God. Lot’s focus is solely on  himself,  what  he  can  gain,  exposes  an  immature  faith.  Such faith  quickly  crumbles  in  the overwhelming darkness.

We have an advantage over Lot. While he could only look for the future promise of the Savior, we have the benefit of a risen, living Jesus and His Words. Jesus did counsel to “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven"(Matthew 5:16).

Do you see the answer? While we are the light of the world, we are called by our Savior to keep the focus on Him.  As long as we, through our actions, are focusing on God, He will help us reflect the Light that shines in the darkness, the True Light that gives light to all.

See You In The Round,