Sunday, February 21, 2016

Lessons learned from Lot

After Sodom and Gomorrah were burned, we would hope that Lot and his family were inspired to turn from sin and radically change their lives.

But that's not what happened. Lot lived in the hills with his daughters. The girls were scared they couldn't find a man, so they got their dad drunk and basically raped him. And they both got pregnant.


Just ewww.

But how did these girls get to this horrific point in their lives that they thought this incest was OK.

The pastor said Lot had probably married a Sodomite girl, a nonbeliever, and he probably didn't marry her for her mothering skills.

"Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting but a woman who loves the Lord is to be praised."

Most daughters will become just like their mother. Even those who don't want to, eventually they will still look in the mirror and realize they are tempted to act just like their mom. If the mother is wonderful though, they most likely will imitate that too.

It's important for men to think about the future when choosing a wife. How will their wives influence their children?

Lot also decided where to live by how well off he could be. He moved to Sodom so he could make a lot of money, and it was not a good place to raise a family. That is very important today as well. Even a wonderful family can have issues if you live in a terrible area and your children are being influenced by bad people. Lot's daughters probably heard all kinds of sexual perversion from their friends in Sodom. They probably didn't even realize incest was wrong.

Lot needed to step up in a myriad of ways as a dad. He should have helped these girls find godly husbands. He should have taught them that they were worth it, that purity is important. Instead, he offered them up to the men of Sodom, and then they showed how much they thought of sexuality when they raped their dad.

Lot is a great example of a dad, a great example of what not to do. Dads need to teach their daughters about sexuality, about their importance and worth; it's not just the moms that need to address this. Open conversations, daddy-daughter dates, compliments and love --- dads need to be involved and lead their daughters.

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