A Life of Compromise | Genesis 19:1-13
Genesis 19:1-13 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. "My lords," he said, "please turn aside to your servant's house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning." "No," they answered, "we will spend the night in the square." But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom-- both young and old-- surrounded the house. They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them." Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, "No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof." "Get out of our way," they replied. And they said, "This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge! We'll treat you worse than them." They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door. But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door. The two men said to Lot, "Do you have anyone else here-- sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the LORD against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it."
The events of this passage are a bit disconcerting, aren’t they? Persistent on their perversion the men of Sodom (young and old—perversion is not age dependent) demand Lot share his friends. In an unbelievable response Lot protects his house guests, but offers his daughters! Many commentators suggest Lot’s proposal was due to the high regard for hospitality in his day. Note Lot’s comment: “…for they have come under says the “protection of my roof.” But even with this explanation the offer is still unimaginable. The problem was not Lot in the culture, but the culture in Lot. He had stepped onto the slippery slope of compromise many years before this sad event.
Lot had traveled for a time with his uncle Abraham, but when their flocks grew too large they decided to split up. Abraham graciously gave Lot first choice of the land on which to settle. Lot chose the well-watered fertile ground where his livestock would thrive. There was only one problem—the location of the land. “Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord” (Genesis 13:12-13). Lot was willing to place himself and his family in a wicked environment in order to have well-watered fertile ground. Lot’s life is a picture of compromise.
How about you? Where are your tents pitched? What are you willing to compromise for the almighty dollar? Your reputation? Your marriage? Your family? Sad, isn’t it, how the culture can get into a person and harden the heart. Sad, isn’t it, how the hardened heart can rationalize ungodly stuff. Sad, isn’t it, the price of rationalization.
So here’s my advice if you have pitched your tents near Sodom. Pull up the stakes as fast as you can and get the heck out of there!! The well-watered fertile ground is not worth a life of compromise.