And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. ~~ Genesis 18:16-19 (KJV)
Let’s put this in the correct time frame. The men have just told Sarah that she will have a child within the year, and Abraham is about to argue with God on the destruction of Sodom.
God chose Abraham.
And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. ~~ Genesis 15:7 (KJV)
Notice that God informs Abraham and saves Lot not because of what they do, but simply because God has chosen them.
Lot has spent his years in Sodom as a righteous man. But it seems that he has tolerated – and even accommodated – the abominations of the society in which he dwells. Even though he has not succumbed to those vilenesses himself.
The nation who flouts the Lord is playing with fire. See Genesis 19:24 ff.
This should be a warning to our land today. Compromising God’s word leads to disaster. Just as there are limits to God’s patience, there should also be limits on our ability to tolerate and accommodate sin.
This is not to say that we ought to be judgmental. God alone will judge.
But we must, in all good conscience, point out destructive behaviors as outlined by scripture. When we fail to warn our society, we are guilty of aiding and abetting its sins.
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD… ~~ Genesis 18:19: (KJV)
As children of God, we are expected to keep and teach the way of the Lord. When we keep only, we’ve fallen down on half of our job.
Give us the boldness to speak your words and righteousness. Help us to inform and teach with gentleness and love.
In Jesus’ most precious name.