Jude 1:7 NIV
“In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”
The story of Sodom and Gomorrah demonstrates to us just how much God despises sin and just how important it is that we represent Christ to those we encounter in our daily lives. 2 Peter 2:6 says, “ and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow making and ensample unto those that after should live ungodly.” It’s obvious in this passage that God does punish sin! The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah became so great that the judgment of God eradicated those cities from off the face of the earth. How is it that a loving God could destroy these cities and their inhabitants? Did God take any special pleasure in doing this? And more importantly could Sodom have been saved and if so how?
The only reason that anyone at all escaped Sodom was because of the intervention of Abraham who pleaded with God to spare the cities where his family dwelt. It is important that we pray for the mercy of God on our cities and unsaved family. Lot was saved from Sodom because of the prayers of his uncle Abraham. When God told Abraham what He was going to do to Sodom and Gomorrah, He made no mention of sparing anyone. It was Abraham’s pleading with God that caused Him to send angles to rescue Lot and his family. “And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt” (Genesis 19:29).
Your prayers do make a difference! Abraham interceded for his lost family and God spared them. It is amazing to me how comfortable Lot was living in Sodom. He and his family genuinely loved Sodom, to such an extent that even though angels from heaven were sent to bring them out, they resisted. I do not believe that Lot participated in the sin, because the Bible calls him a righteous man who daily vexed his soul seeing and hearing their unlawful deeds. Although his inner man was bothered, his flesh became accustomed to the perverted lifestyle of Sodom. We must never become comfortable living in Sodom and make no mistake we are living in a modern-day Sodom. Jesus said,“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:28-30).
We live in a perverse world that lives contrary to the Word of God. In truth, sin does not dwell in a city or a physical location; it dwells in the hearts of men. The only way we will ever change our neighborhoods, cities, nation or world is to change people’s hearts with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In Sodom they lived like there was no tomorrow, as though there would be no payday, no accountability for their perverse lifestyle until the very day that fire rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
So it is in our society today. Too many times, in an effort to not offend and be politically correct we pass up opportunities to stand up for the righteousness of God and be a witness. We must never become comfortable and complacent with the sin around us. We must not become affected by a love for this world, we must affect our world with the love of God.
When the angels finally evicted Lot and his family, they literally had to take them by the hand and drag them from the city. The problem was not so much that Lot was in Sodom, but that Sodom was in Lot. We see Lot’s wife destroyed by her love for Sodom, and eventually Lot and his two daughters also. Because of this, Jesus gave the solemn warning to remember Lot’s wife (Luke 17:32).
Did God want to destroy Sodom? The answer is obviously no, because He said to Abraham, “I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.” However, God couldn’t even find ten righteous people to save in both cities.
Could Sodom have been saved? Yes, I believe Lot could have saved Sodom! How? By preaching the righteousness of God and by winning six souls. By the mercy of God and the prayers of Abraham, four were brought out; if just six more would have been converted, Sodom could have been saved. They died because Lot lived among them and did nothing to stop their destruction. He worked with them every day, went to their children’s birthday parties, saw them at Wal-Mart, bought things at their garage sales and yet never told them that what they were doing was against the law of God. He became too comfortable with his surroundings.
We live in a day and age that the Bible likens to Sodom and Gomorrah. We have a responsibility to be witnesses of the power of God to those we encounter in our daily living. It is not enough just to live it, because even Lot lived it. The Bible never says that he participated in their sin. But he never spoke up! Yes, you must live it, because your life and example are what give weight to your words, yet if you never tell them, they will not know.
Our society is a very closed one in many aspects. Many times we are content to live enclosed in our own world, working and going to church. It’s time to open up and share the gospel with those you encounter in your daily living. We know that Jesus is coming soon, we are just too busy to do anything about it. I can tell you that what makes it harder to witness and win souls in America is that we as Americans are very private people, who are highly sensitive to any intrusion into our daily lives and routines. In order to be a witness you must be willing to interrupt your daily routine and take time out of your busy life to evangelize to those around you.
We are also very sensitive to offending someone else’s values or beliefs. However, it’s better that they be offended now than on Judgment Day. Those same beliefs, if they are not in alignment with the Word of God, will send them to hell.
Take the gospel to those around you! How many years are you going to wait for the right moment to present the gospel to that co-worker, neighbor, or friend? It is time for Pentecostals to speak up, to preach the gospel on the job, in your neighborhood, at school, at the store, to those you encounter in your daily living. Get out of your comfort zone and make a difference for Christ.
Scripture of the day: The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. ~ John 12:25 NIV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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