Monday, October 31, 2011

The Eyes of Lot

2 Peter 2:4-10  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;  (5)  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;  (6)  And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;  (7)  And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:  (8)  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)  (9)  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:  (10)  But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

                Last evening, during our Sunday Evening Church Service, my Pastor used these verses as a means of illustrating a point, and my mind digressed to the concept of “The Eyes of Lot.”  I apologize to my Pastor for my inattentiveness, and in the future, I will listen to the message.
                My thoughts considered Lot, a man who is referred to as “just.”  In Biblical terms, he was saved, and at God’s appointed time, he would finally arrive in Heaven.  Yet, here is a man, “a Christian” who turned his eye away from the immorality of the world, and saw it “as normal.”
                Today, the world is redefining morality, and removing sin from our vocabulary.  (We as Christians are to do the right thing: separate ourselves from the world, and stand firm on our Christian convictions.)  However, we are not standing firm.  We have so many Christians that are living in sin, (outside of marriage being involved in fornication, alcohol, drugs, sodomy, and adultery.)  Our eyes have become the “eyes of just Lot.”  We see, and we know it is wrong, yet, we still “approve.”  We also “approve” of killing babies (abortion) and try to think of it as a form of contraception.  We “approve” of our daughters’ bastard children, and place no shame on them for their sin.
                “Christian, what have we become?  Where are we going?”  We scream and yell at our President and our Congress for their lack of morality and their lack of following The Constitution.  Yet, are we encouraging our Leaders to do more by not removing sin from our lives as “eyes of Lot?”
                We, as Christians must get back to the basics, (back to “our” Constitution,) The Holy Bible.  God’s Word directs us.  It guides us through our myriad of temptations and our immorality in which God disapproves.  Our Bible speaks to us saying:

2 Chronicles 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

As a Christian, review where you stand.  Compare it to “The Way” God wants you to stand.  With a humble heart, repent, seek God in prayer, and beg for the forgiveness you need.  With that humble repentant heart, we must turn from the immorality that we have allowed in our lives.  Repent, repent, and beg for His Mercy.  Not tomorrow, do it now.  Not later, now.

Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas   Fundamental Thoughts

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