Thursday is for Discipleship
What is the malady of our age? What is it that rips the heart out of our passion for Christ, our thirst for glory? Why are we so anemic in our influence for the Lord of Life? Why are our lives filled with so many trivialities? Why is there so little supernatural and so much “mere men stuff” (cf. 1 Cor. 3) in our corporate gatherings and in the corners of our hearts?
… and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard) …
[verses 7 and 8]
Does that not strike you as out-of-sync with American Christians? We live among our neighbors and a virtual cesspool of iniquity, (Aside: I just drove to MI to preach here for the month of June. On the way, I must have passed a hundred and fifty billboards advertising pornography the likes of which would make Sodom and Gomorrah feel completely at home.) Our politics reek of corruption. Babies, … BABIES, are killed at will so that lifestyles will not be interrupted or further complicated.
Like Lot, we live “among” but it is rare that our “righteous souls” are tormented by the activity around us.
We are better at getting angry.
We’re better at complaining.
We’re better at criticizing.
We’re better at looking the other way.
We’re better at tolerating.
We’re better at being uncaring about the plight of those who don’t know Christ.
I don’t think so. We don’t care that much. There doesn’t seem to be any passion in our hearts for real righteousness. We see sin and see it as distasteful, abhorrent maybe, but we aren’t “tormented” by it.
Here’s a question: Are you raising disciples who are tormented by the sin around them? Are you becoming a saint of Christ who is tormented by the sin around you? Are you tormented by your own sin? Are you pleading with God for the blindness and apathy of our culture toward sin? Are you asking God to convict people of sin, righteousness and judgment? (cf. John 16:8)
Would you pray for me, that God would give me the same conviction and passion?