The Lower Lights> Sept 2002|
Alan Jones, Editor
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Imagine living in a world where all men and women thought about was evil
all the time. Noah did (Gen 6:5). The earth was filled with violence
(6:11). But, there was a root to this wickedness, a problem that prompted
God to flood the world, sparing only Noah and his family.
Lot lived in the city of Sodom. This righteous man was tormented every
day by all the evil that he had to see and listen to (2 Pet 2:5-8). Most
notable among the sins of Sodom was homosexuality. Lusts so controlled
the citizens of this city that when new men (actually angels in the form
of men) came to town, ALL the men of Sodom turned up at Lot’s door and
demanded that he turn them over to them so that they might fulfill their
lusts (Gen 19:1-11). But, there was a root to this wickedness, a problem
that prompted God to rain fire and brimstone on Sodom, saving only Lot and
his two daughters.
Jesus used the world of Noah and the city of Sodom to
illustrate what the conditions would be in Jerusalem when He came against
it in judgment (Lk 17:26-30). When we read His comments, we see what
was the common underlying problem in the societies of Noah and Lot.
At the time when the flood came, just what were men doing? “They
were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given
in marriage.” Up to the day when God destroyed Sodom, just what were
the men of that city doing? “They were eating, they were
were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building.”
Our first reaction to Jesus’ statements about their behavior might be, “So
what were these men doing wrong? They were just busy with the ordinary
things of life.” But, that was exactly the problem. Men were so consumed
themselves with the daily cares of life that they had no thoughts of God.
Judgment was impending, but they were busy “living”, unconcerned about
their standing with God. They took no time for reflection to see if
repentance might be in order. So, God’s judgment came and found them
The attitude that these two societies showed by occupying themselves with
only the worldly details of life was at the root of their wicked
behavior. Man’s journey away from God begins when he leaves God and His
standard of righteousness out of his thoughts. When men live as though
God does not exist, the result is a world of low morality. Sin runs
rampant and unchecked. (Rom 1:18-32)
If men do not acknowledge Him, God gives men over to their lusts (Rom
1:24,26,28). From minds who did not acknowledge God came the violent acts
that filled Noah’s world and the unnatural sexual desires which consumed
the men of Sodom (Rom 1:18-32). In one word, what destroyed these two
societies? Indifference. When it came to God, His law, and His
judgment- they didn’t care!!
Our world, not unlike the societies of Noah and
Lot, is a very busy place. As the saying goes, everyone’s “got places to
go, people to see, and things to do.”
The young are occupied with their education, video games, and soccer
matches. Eventually, they choose and pursue a career. Most also pursue
that special someone in order to “marry” or to be “given in marriage”.
The middle-aged are devoted to work and the raising of a family.
There is much “buying and selling, planting, and building” going on to
provide the best life for the present and to save money ahead for the
children’s education and retirement.
Older men and women find that after they have retired their schedules
are just as full as before. Most still are busy with things that could be
called “work”. Some attain the ideal in the world’s eyes and fill their
days with “eating and drinking”, as they tour the country in their
Lost in all this is God.
Too many are busy “living” while God is forgotten from the cradle to the
grave. And, the more this is the case, the
more immoral society becomes. Do you wonder why we see all the horrible
things people in Metro Detroit do to each other every night on the news?
The same word that applied to the societies of Noah and Lot applies to
ours as well- indifference. We refuse to have God in our knowledge. We
live anyway we want. We do not think of His judgment, much less, fear
it. We’re busy “living”. We just don’t care!!
What about you? Do you
think of God, His standard of righteousness, and His judgment? Or are
you just busy “living”, doing as you please and thinking nothing of it?
Learn from God’s judgment the world of Noah and the city of Sodom. You
must not get wrapped up in the ordinary cares of life, missing the very
reason you are living on the earth- to fear God, keep His commandments,
and prepare for His judgment. (Eccl 12:13-14). Pay attention to God and
the gospel of His Son before it is too late, His wrath comes on you and
you are eternally separated from Him in hell (2 Thess 1:7-9).
Let us help you to
this end. Put aside your “buying and selling” and “planting and
building” and come and be with us for this series of gospel sermons:
MONDAY – FRIDAY 7:30 PM
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