Standing at the Door
I am writing in this post about a man named Lot and a stand he took at a very crucial time. Lot was Abram’s [later called Abraham] nephew. Abram was a man of incredible wealth and he had a huge entourage, which, in that day, distinguished him as a man of means. Lot also had a huge household and livestock. In Genesis 13, we find a clash between these two men. They were quarreling over who would settle on which piece of land. Abram gave Lot his choice and since water was very important in the desert Lot chose an area called Sodom. We find out about the area he chose in Genesis 13:13, “But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.”
Genesis 19 recounts the sad aftermath of Lot’s choice of location. When we read Genesis 19:1–11 we see that Lot received the two angels (mentioned in Genesis 18 with a mission to destroy the city because of its sinful behavior) and insisted that they spend the night in his home, knowing all too well the danger that would face them otherwise. The men of Sodom sought to commit homosexual rape against these heavenly visitors. In a desperate effort to save his guests, Lot shamelessly offered his two daughters. Only a miracle saved the day; the angels struck the Sodomites with a temporary, confusing blindness.
The people of Sodom had become so corrupt through their ongoing sexual sin that they wanted to gang rape these two visitors.
Lot, however, does something that is both highly symbolic and also offers us an example for Christians today. Genesis 19:6–7 tells us, “So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him, and said, ‘Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly!’”
Lot went through the door and then he shut the door behind him. It’s highly symbolic because as Jesus says in John 10:9, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” James, Jesus half-brother, wrote in his epistle, “Behold the Judge is standing at the door!” (James 5:9).
Lot positions himself between the Door, (Jesus), and sinful humanity. He pleads with the men, “Please don’t do this wickedness because you can’t enter the Door in your current condition with your current intention.”
What he did was not only symbolic, it’s reflective of what we need today—we need some Lots who will position themselves between the Savior and sinners pleading with them to stop their wickedness. We need some Lots who will not approve, excuse or condone sinful behavior and also tell people they can’t enter the Door while being defiant and wicked. We need to stand at the Door.
Friends, we need to be more like Lot. We need to confront sin and defiant, anti-biblical behavior and let them know they can’t enter through the Door without humility and repentance. Defiance, wickedness, ungodly demands and pride won’t cut it. Anyone coming through the Door of Jesus Christ must humble himself or herself and repent.
Then, after that, Jesus, the Door, can take them right where they are. He can touch them with His love, mercy and grace. He can heal them of their sin and He can restore them. He’s done it for countless people once they bowed their heads, got on their knees and asked for repentance and forgiveness.
Lot warned them and that’s our responsibility as the church. We need to let them know the Truth of the Word, in love as we stand between them and the Door. Then, once they humbly repent, we need to come alongside them with prayer and patience as they grow in the Lord.