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A brutal fairy tale (by Kyle Shreve)

Genesis 19 is a brutally honest chapter. I’ve been trying to think of other words to use, but brutally honest seems to be the most accurate to me. In a fairy tale, there may be some “bad guys” but usually nothing really creepy or overtly horrible. Genesis 19 is not a fairy tale by any means. It is a brutal picture of a man who has, what I call, a see through spirituality.

Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways.

Lot hassles and begs the two angelic visitors to come and stay with “their servant.” Reading this, I almost get a feeling that there were selfish motives to this. Maybe it was to appear spiritual to his family, or thinking he would receive a material blessing for taking the angelic visitors in for care. I can’t say for sure, but even if he had purely good motives for harboring these strangers, we will soon see that his own family didn’t place much credibility in his spiritual life.

Laughing in his face

And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it. And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

The angels tell Lot that the city is going to be destroyed, and naturally, Lot wants to warn his family. But there’s a hang up: they think he’s joking, or that he is as one that mocked. His son in laws don’t take him seriously when he has a message from God’s messengers. How embarrassing would that be? If my house was about to be destroyed, and angels told me to warn and evacuate my family, I would hope they believe me! But that wasn’t the case with Lot.

They knew that, sure, he might house some angels, and might even have a message from God’s messengers, but in the end, he had see through spirituality. Because between Lot housing the angels, and trying to warn his family, he offers up his virgin daughters to a mob of angry men. That’s not a characteristic of someone with a strong spiritual walk.

If a man who would think of doing such an atrocious act tried to give me spiritual advice, I would probably laugh in his face, just like the sons in law did!

Bringing it home

This is a very powerful lesson to me, and I don’t even have children yet! I have a wife, and I want to live the kind of life that shows her she can trust me and my spiritual leadership. But doing cowardly, selfish and ungodly things will detract from that. And as a husband, and one day, God willing, a father, I need to remember that I am a leader. I need to live the kind of life that shows my family that I serve God not just in word, but in action and all areas of my life.

Wether you’re a father, husband, pastor, or even an unmarried christian living on your own, there are always people watching you. Your coworkers know that we say we’re Christians, but we seem as one who mocks when we live in a non-biblical life in front of them. We laugh at dirty jokes, have a short temper, arrive late, leave early, treat our wife poorly, skip church for work, don’t read our Bibles, and all this is causing those around us to follow the path of Lot: the path of see through spirituality.

Especially in the southeast, the number of people who claim to be a born again Christian, yet live in open sin, never attend church, and have nothing to do with God is astronomical. This does the kingdom of God no favors. What we need are Christians to live like Christians  at home, work, school, with friends or family.

We can talk the talk like pros, but often, our walk is far short of not only our talk, but scripture’s guidelines.

There may come a time when our gospel witness is hindered, and we will be less effective in our opportunity to warn a lost person of impending judgement because of our see through spirituality. We may never know how many opportunities to influence other Christians we have lost to see through spirituality.

God help us to be men and women who not only talk the talk, but walk the walk, and live a true, bible based life, not a phony, see through spirituality.

 

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