“Now Lot went up out of Zoar and lived in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters. And the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to come in to us after the manner of all the earth. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.” So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father. He did not know when she lay down or when she arose.
The next day, the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father. Let us make him drink wine tonight also. Then you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.” So they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose. Thus both the daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father.”
(Genesis 19:30–36 ESV)
“For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;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); then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority.”
(2 Peter 2:4–10 ESV)
When Charles Bowden died last weekend we lost one the last practitioners of the art of telling the truth.
He told us the truth about many things, most importantly, he told us the truth about ourselves.
We…are not good.
We are capable of good, but we are all also capable of being bad as hell.
Christians don’t like the story of Lot…at least not as it’s recorded in the Older Testament.
Peter calls Lot righteous twice…he wants us to know that Lot was righteous.
He tells us that Lot’s soul was tormented by the things he saw in Sodom.
He doesn’t tell us the part where tormented Lot had to be removed from town by force at the last second before God burned down the house.
Peter infers that it was the sexual sins of Sodom, the ones that will be judged by fire, that disturbed righteous Lot so much.
The last time we see Lot in the OT he is getting drunk and having sex with his daughters.
His daughters plotted to get him intoxicated, making Lot the first guy to claim he was drunk and didn’t know what he was doing.
Drunken, incestuous, righteous, Lot.
That sounds about right to me.
I’m a pastor and I know your secrets.
I’m a person too ,and I know mine.
The pious and dry among us will argue that Lot repented and leaved a clean life after his time in Sodom and his hangover from the cave.
Such is not recorded for us, but I have no doubt he repented…many times.
I suspect he had to because his life continued to require it.
Lot wasn’t righteous on the basis of his goodness, character, or behavior.
He was counted righteous by faith.
I’ve applied for the same deal.
It requires faith and being honest to God about who I really am.
The faith was a gift, the honesty I’m working on.
Bowden would be pleased with the obituaries that have been written.
They tell the truth.
They speak of his alcoholism, his stubbornness, his womanizing, and his failed marriages.
They also speak of his generosity, love for the oppressed, and incredible gifts.
They all say he told the truth.
He was deeply loved despite his faults.
So are you.
Make your own application…