Ask any Christian about Lot and they would tell you how he was a righteous man living in the filth and sin-filled city of Sodom. They would also tell you about how God sent two angels to stay with Lot and his family while God delivered his family out of Sodom just before laying Sodom to waste. Sounds all well and good right? Of course it does because I’ve intentionally left out those parts that make Pastors and Sunday school teachers nervous; those parts that if they taught them would leave their congregation or students looking for the door. Well, lucky for you I’m not afraid to talk about them, so let’s look a little deeper into the Lot story.
Those passages that Pastors and Sunday school teacher’s breeze over when reading the story about Lot we are going to stop and analyze them. Now keep in mind that at no time will I add my own words to the scriptures I am presenting, the scriptures will be presented exactly as stated in the New International Version of the Bible. You may want to strap in, it could be a bumpy ride.
All strapped in? Here we go…
Genesis 19:4-8 says “before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”(Were the daughters not under protection?)
Well isn’t that comforting? Nothing says I love my daughters like being willing to send them out as common whores amongst the sex crazed mob. The scripture says ALL the men from Sodom was at the door, I’m not sure of the number, it’s another one of those mysteries the Bible doesn’t provide answers for, but I would venture a guess of over one hundred men. So Lot, in all his righteousness, was willing to send his daughters out to be gang raped by multiple men. Geesh, thanks dad!
I hope you are still strapped in because it gets even bumpier…
After the sex crazed mob leaves with an unfulfilled libido the angels tell Lot that they are there to destroy the city. He is to gather all his family and prepare to leave. Lot, always the righteous servant, does as told and starts gathering his family. He ran into a few complications when he approached his future son-in-laws.
Let’s pause here for a moment shall we?
Are we to understand that Lot had promised his two daughters hand in marriage yet his was perfectly willing to send them out to be raped? Oh! I’m sorry we aren’t supposed to notice that part. Let’s continue…
As I was saying, he ran into a few complications with his future son-in-law’s because they didn’t believe him (v 14). Now why would they not believe a man whom God deemed righteous? Gee, I don’t know, maybe because he was willing to send their future wives out to a sex crazed mob! But anyway, they didn’t believe him so they stayed back. So, Lot along with his family is fleeing Sodom to the town Zoar. One would think that Lot’s daughters would go to their fiance’s and beg them to join them, but nope, not a word about that. Through all the commotion, Lot and his family was told to run and do not look back. At this point fire and brimstone are falling from heaven (v24). Okay, time out! I thought fire and brimstone was in hell. So there is fire and brimstone in heaven too? I can see why so many people are excited about going to heaven…NOT!
It is at this point that Lot’s wife (name unknown) is murdered for the heinous crime of looking over her shoulder. That’s right; she was turned into a pillar of salt for looking over her shoulder. Now maybe it’s just me, but wouldn’t it be considered natural instinct to turn around when you hear buildings crumbling and people screaming from a horrible fiery death? I would turn around for the mere purpose of making sure a rogue boulder wasn’t coming right at me! But apparently that’s a crime that deserves the death penalty. So, Lot offers his daughters up to be gang raped and God doesn’t blink an eye, not one word of discord from God, hell not even a word of discord from the angels in the house! Yet, Lot’s wife does something as innocent as looking over her shoulder and she is murdered by God. Hmm…let’s compare, shall we? Gang rape vs. looking over one’s shoulder… which do you think is worse?
I cannot speak for you, but in my eyes, that doesn’t seem like a very loving God that is worship worthy.
Join me next time when we look at Noah and the Flood.