In Genesis 19-21, God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah. It’s a rough, rough story. God sends the two angels into the city, and Lot tries to protect them in his house. He knew what would happen to them if they stayed on the street. Every guy in the city shows up, and wants the men given to them so they can rape them. Yep. It’s that ugly.
Here’s the thing. Lot knew the city was like that, and yet he stayed. He wasn’t acting as a good influence on them, and he was raising his daughters in that city. Why would you live in a city like that, when you could move ten miles away and be completely out of that influence?
It’s the same question as asking “Why do we keep watching movies that we know are teaching us values that are not what God wants?” or “Why do we keep going back to those websites, even though they are full of junk that’s rotting our soul?” or “Why do we keep trying to impress those friends when we know they are pulling us away from God?” It’s all the same. Yet we do it, just like Lot.
So God sends the angels in, and they have to physically, literally drag Lot and his family out of the city before it’s destroyed. Lot knows it’s going to be destroyed. He completely believes the end is coming. Yet, they have to drag him out. It’s so hard to leave sometimes when we have so much invested in sin. It is what we know, and it feels like we have some control over our lives. But really, IT owns US. And we’re afraid to leave it behind.
Once they leave, they bargain with God to reduce the pain. He grants it. And then, his wife can’t take it. She stops and looks back, longingly. She wants what is being destroyed in the city more that the future God has laid out for them. God promises if they will move forward and trust Him, even though they have been living in filth, He will use them in great ways. She doesn’t care. She looks back. And she dies for it. It kills her.
What are you and I holding onto that God is telling us to leave behind? What do we run to, that is actually destroying our souls? Will you let it go, walk away, and never come back?