“Escape for your life! Do not look behind you, and do not stay anywhere in the valley; escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away.” Genesis 19:17
Getting too cozy with sexualized culture is a bit like playing with fire; Lot, of the Bible, was an example of someone who got burned. He lived in ancient Sodom—a city so vile, unjust, and sexually violent that God brought it to a rather abrupt and unhappy ending. However, Lot hadn’t always made his abode in that cesspool. When his herds, and thus his wealth, grew, he departed from Abraham, his uncle, and lived near Sodom (Genesis 13:12). Within no time Lot was living in Sodom (Genesis 14:12), and finally we find him sitting in the gates of the city, a place reserved for people of influence (Genesis 19:1). This steady compromise brought him into ever-closer contact with that culture and—even though he was grieved by the perversity (2 Peter 2:7-9)—it ended up wreaking havoc on his family and would have cost him his life were it not for God’s merciful response to Abraham’s prayerful intercession (Genesis 18-19).
Living amidst a culture of discord and sexual brokenness, the only path that leads to authentic healing is through Jesus Christ; when we run towards Him, our hearts flee from immorality, impurity and injustice. He engulfs us in His righteousness, and there He can guard our hearts from all ungodliness.
“And if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men… then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment…” 2 Peter 2:7-9
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