Summary: A sermon that describes the danger of compromise and accommodation with the culture.
"Sodom Had No Bible"
Genesis 13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. 11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. 12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. 13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
Introduction: Several years ago I heard someone say that "our lives are the only Bible that some people read." Sodom had no Bible and unfortunately thanks to Lot it had no witness for Jehovah. When you look at the history of the nation of Israel there is one thing that is unmistakable. Jehovah had called them and commanded them to be a witness to the world around them that there was one true God, that He was the Creator of all things and that all men should honor Him as God, worship Him exclusively and serve Him as God in their lives. Lot could have been a witness for he had every opportunity to influence Sodom for Jehovah but he failed to do so. He had the privilege of being with his uncle Abraham for most of his adult life but it seems he failed to absorb very much of the qualities of this godly man's character and conduct. To understand what happened let's examine the narrative about Lot's life found in Genesis.
I. The Appeal of Sodom
Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
"And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere..."
The only consideration for Lot seems to have been an economic consideration. He saw an opportunity to accumulate more wealth and step out of the shadow of his uncle but like many who go this route they miscalculate the true cost of their decisions. They fail to appreciate the full implications of their decisions, often until the damage is done.
II. The Accommodation to Sodom
One of the most telling aspects of Lot's move to Sodom can be found in the changes he made in his lifestyle. Abraham and Lot were nomadic, that is they lived in tents and they moved their herds about from place to place finding pasture and grazing for their flocks and when they separated notice that verse 12 states that Lot "...pitched his tent toward Sodom..." He continued this nomadic lifestyle on the "...plain of Jordan..." for some time, but the day came when Lot made the decision to "...dwell..." in the city of Sodom. This represents a radical change for Lot and his family from being outside Sodom to being inside Sodom.
III. The Acclimation to Sodom
This word is a verb that means "to adjust in response to a change in environment or status." Lot got used to the dark! Remember that verse 13 says that the men of Sodom "...were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly..."