And what exactly was Lot doing in Sodom, anyway? Was he persevering with Random Acts of Kindness? Did he try to organize various community service projects? Lot, along with his immediate family, were the only ones found worth salvaging out of the slime pit of iniquity that had become Sodom. It was so bad there that when strangers came to visit, the town folk wanted to show them a little Sodom Hospitality–from which we take the modern word sodomize. Oh, sure, not everyone wanted to have sex with the Lord’s Search and Rescue Patrol. Those that didn’t probably encouraged them though. With things so bad, couldn’t Lot have seen the handwriting on the wall, so to speak?
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
Lot didn’t flee Sodom. Perhaps he didn’t know things were that bad. Perhaps he thought he still could do good in Sodom, that it was still daylight there for him to serve G-d. Obviously it was night in Sodom. But G-d, being faithful to His, rescued Lot, pulling Lot’s head buried in the desert sand where he’d simply ignored the signs of the times. [Too many tired cliches–sorry-O.]
To stay; to flee. Which is most noble? Does it make a difference? Think about it, please. [Selah]
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .