It’s No Joke!

It’s No Joke!

Read Genesis Chapter 3

Ge 19:14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the LORD is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking. 15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.” 16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them.

People are in many ways the same throughout the ages. The same things we see today reflect what we see in many of the bible stories. There are some interesting things here which parallel what is happening in our world today. As a handful of men and women hold solidly to God’s assessment of homosexuality, most of the world today reacts much like Lot’s sons-in-law. “You must be joking!” Today’s world simply cannot grasp the message that there is something wrong with sexual interaction with the same gender. Most of mankind quickly views God’s word as a joke, something which can be and should be ignored.

Even Lot and his family mirror some of our own attitudes today. Even after he had been told to flee the city, even after he urged his sons-in-law to come with them, he hesitated. Does that sound familiar? It does to me. Even knowing full well that continuing down the road of homosexual behaviors, I hesitated to leave my “city.” I knew without any doubt that my city would someday be destroyed, and that I had no other option but to flee. Yet, even knowing that, I lingered for quite a while.

The best comparison comes from verse 16. When Lot hesitated, the angels grabbed him and his family, and led them safely out of the city. Again, I can identify with that picture. It took the Lord’s intervention to force me away from that life. He just would not let me have peace in the city. No matter how I tried, no matter how long I lingered, He would not allow me to stay there. In effect, He grabbed me by the hand and led me out of the city. I was not aware that it was His mercy, at that time, but it is clearly evident now as I look back. Maybe you can’t see it yet, but He has done the same for you. Or, He is still in the process of leading you safely out of the city. It’s all due to God’s tender mercy. Without it, we would still be in that city when it is destroyed.

It truly will be destroyed, that city of unbridled homosexuality. Those who willingly and stubbornly live there now will someday understand, and they will no longer consider it a joke. It surely is no joke!

Prayer: Lord, have mercy on those who still reside in that city! Some people we love are there and we do not want to see them perish. Open the eyes of all men and women. Take the blinders from their eyes, and show them the truth, that You do not joke! We weep now, for our beloved friends. Save them, O Lord!

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