“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“We First Endure, Then Pity, Then Embrace”
(Please read 2 Peter 2:4-10)
The story of Lot, in Genesis 18-19, offers interesting contrasts. God decided to destroy wicked Sodom but sent two angels to get Lot and his family out first.
Lot was hospitable and displayed courage in defending the angels from the depraved men of Sodom. But he offered his own daughters to those men in exchange for the safety of his guests, he had to be dragged away from Sodom, and he later failed as a father and as a man, possibly because of a tendency to drink too much.
Yet in our text Peter called Lot “a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men” (NIV). One commentator suggested that righteousness is relative and that even with his lapses of judgment, Lot was far ahead of his fellow townsmen. We can applaud him for that.
But we can see the danger of becoming so accustomed to living with vice as to forget how destructive it is. That process can be seen in the way Americans have allowed gambling to become commonplace and homosexual practices to be regarded as legitimate.
Alexander Pope summed up the danger well in a verse written over two centuries ago: “Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As to be hated needs only to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace.”
Let’s keep our senses sharp to discern between good and evil, through diligent Bible study, prayer and association with other Christians. With this lifestyle, we will continue to be jarred by immorality, not taken in by it.