No Brainer –

Today’s post is from the Rev. Brad Kautz .  Brad Kautz is the pastor of the Jicarilla Apache Reformed Church, a ministry of the RCA in Dulce, NM, on the reservation of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. He serves there with his wife Robin, and children Kat, Xander and Junior. Brad and Robin also have four adult children and numerous grandchildren.

Are you familiar with the story of Sodom and Gomorrah? When I read it this week I was drawn towards Lot.

Two guests make their appearance in Sodom, and Lot is full of hospitality towards them. He opens his home and feeds them. In the evening the locals come to Lot’s home and demand to see his guests, with the intent of doing some fairly horrible things t

o them. Lot, ever the gracious host, tells the locals not to act so wickedly, and then offers them his unmarried daughters as a substitute.

This conversation between Lot and the locals takes place outside his house and as the tension increases the guest, who are angels, rescue Lot, bringing him back into his house for his own safety. Then they reveal the purpose of their trip to Sodom. Genesis 19:13 says:

“For we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it”

Lot takes this warning to heart as he speaks to the others in his home

. Lot knows, and believes, that God is at work in what is going to happen with Sodom.

The next morning it is time to leave, “…but he lingered. So the men seized him…” Once outside of town Lot drags his feet. The destination is too far and he asks about somewhere closer. That request is granted, but the choice is soon found to be a poor one.

So here is the thing I find interesting about Lot. He is warned of what is to happen. He understands, and believes that it is God’s doing, and yet, over and over, he resists. If God sends an angel to warn and protect, shouldn’t it be a “no-brainer” to listen and follow?

This is the place where I have much in common with Lot. I have faith in God, not just that he exists but that he has acted through his son Jesus for my salvation, and going a step further, that he has put his Holy Spirit within me. I read my Bib

le nearly daily, believing it to be true, and so in that sense, relative to Lot, I have a much clearer understanding of what God has to say, including in the ways he gives warnings to his people. And yet I sin, and I drag my feet when it comes to leaving my sin, and I bargain over it, wanting to believe that having it close by won’t really be a problem.

The story of Sodom and Lot points me toward God’s mercy in Jesus. And seeking him in all things, perhaps especially in times of temptation, is the real “no-brainer.”

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

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