“Get out of our way,” they replied. “This fellow came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! Weʼll 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.” Genesis 19:9-10 NIV
It’s hard being the voice of reason sometimes especially when you are perceived to be an outsider. In a real sense we as Christians are all outsiders or outcasts. We are a chosen generation and a peculiar people. We are supposed to live our lives counter cultural. We are supposed to be in the world but not of the world.
Everyday we feel the pressure to give into the values of this world. Sometimes we feel outnumbered by popular opinion but we cannot cave into pressure for what is not right.
Lot lived in a wicked city of Sodom. God had already made up his mind that he was going to destroy it. The sin of Sodom was that the people were “over fed and under concerned.” This story comes to a climax when two angels visit Lot’s house to deliver him and his family before destruction. The men of the city come to Lot’s house to rape his male guests. This is what we learn from Lot.
- You cannot compromise with evil people. Lot went out and asked the men not to do such a wicked thing. These men were his guests. Hospitality was so important to people living in Middle Eastern countries. Instead of mistreating his guests, Lot offered his virgin daughters to be raped instead. Do what?! One is just as bad as the other. When we live around corruption too long we start compromising. We have to raise a standard against the enemy and not give into the demands of spiritual terrorist.
- When you stand for righteousness expect pressure to give in. The men of the city asked, “Who gave this foreigner the right to judge us?” As believers in Christ we are supposed to hold each other to higher standards. 1 Corinthians 6:2-3, “Don’t you realize that someday we believers will judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can’t you decide even these little things among yourselves? Don’t you realize that we will judge angels? So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life. “
- Watch God make a way of escape. When the pressure got to intense the angels snatched Lot in the house and struck the men with blindness. God will remove you from peer pressure and strike the people who are pressuring you with blindness. When God removes you don’t put yourself back in it. Get out and don’t look back!
Thank you for delivering me from the pressure of the wicked. It’s hard sometimes to tell the night from day. Please continue to help me to hold on to my values and my standards that are set in your Holy Word. You are the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end leads to death. Show me the way to Holiness and when they go low help us to go high!
In Jesus Name,