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 (KJV)
Looking at Lot is not always a pleasant thing for us as Christians. Discussions of Lot will deal with whether he was a believing man or not, and that question is cleared up by Peter in 2 Peter 2:7 of the New Testament. He is referred to as “Just Lot”; which means that God has declared him to be righteous.
Lot chose to go to the city of Sodom as he looked toward the plain of Sodom and looked at its lush green valleys, and activities available. He became part of the social network of the day. He did still recognize holiness when the angels of the LORD came into the city, and he invited them to come home with him.
Yet, there was something going on in his life, that when he was warned to get his family; including the sons in law, his daughter’s husbands; that when he went to warn them they seemed to think it a joke or something. “He seemed as one that mocked…”. Now, why would that be? Could it be because Lot had become too much like the people he lived with and around? I tend to lean toward that as being the reason because of Peter’s words… “vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked…” of 2 Peter 2:7. He was struggling, fighting an ongoing battle with some evil in his own life and home.
He was a non-influential leader of the city. They did not pay attention to his words of warning. His word of God due to his going along to get along attitude had caused him to lose any influence he might have had at one time.
How does this relate to the Christian today ? In every way. We can become so engulfed in the excitement of our times, the numbers flock to events which espouse all kinds of doctrine and false teachings that lift up the Adam aspect of us all, making us feel good about ourselves, but leaving us out in the cold when it comes to fellowship with God.
Now, hear me, please. Only the Child of God can have fellowship with God. When you are born again through Christ Jesus you become a child of God, and you have fellowship with God. That fellowship with God, however, can be broken. Broken fellowship with God is called backsliding. Lot was in a backslidden condition when the messengers came into Sodom, but he still recognized them as holy. That would not have been possible, except that he knew the LORD.
The lesson we need to learn from Lot is that we must be separate from the world, its sin, its evil, and love the Lord with all our hearts, souls, mind, and strength. When we do not the world can see it; then, when we speak of God, and His love, mercy, grace, and coming; we sound as one who mocks.
May we walk with God in the filling of His Spirit and live so that others might see Jesus in us.