Gen 19:9 But they said, "Stand back!" And they said, "This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them." Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down.
Gen 19:10 But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door.
Gen 19:11 And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.
Perhaps no passage in the Bible depicts the controlling nature of sin like the account of the homosexuals of Sodom. As the two angels come into town to rescue Lot and his family the entire male population, “down to the last man” saw the visitors as merely sexual objects. It didn’t matter that they were human being created in God’s image, as they would have assumed they were human; they saw them only as something to use and discard. And of course, this is common with all sexual sin.
But it is the above text that is truly hard to believe. As they are trying to beat the door down to get at these men, they are struck blind. Now you have to put yourself in their shoes. It is dark and perhaps they had torches but all of the sudden you can’t see anything. You might at first think that someone put out the torches but in a second or two you realize you can’t see. You yell for help, telling anyone who will listen that you can’t see. At the same time everyone else is relating the same thing.
Now I am pretty sure that as a Christian who is pretty familiar with biblical morality; if I found myself engaged in a questionable activity with some others and we are all struck blind at the same time that the first thing I would think is, “maybe someone is trying to tell us something”. But these men obviously didn’t have the Holy Spirit indwelling them and their conscience had been seared long ago in all likelihood.
Being struck blind is merely seen as an inconvenience in their attempt to commit sexual perversion. Instead of trying to make it home safely they actually wear themselves out looking for the door. This has to be one of the starkest accounts of sinfulness that is found in the Bible. It should remind us of how sin can control us and dupe us into thinking that what we want is more important than anything or anyone else no matter who we hurt.
Unfortunately the controlling nature of sin is something that Christians must be aware of and do battle with. I can think of plenty of times in which I wanted something so badly, whether it was my way or some object, that I had little regard for Christ’s will or how others were affected. While it is easy to point a judgmental finger at these guys, it is easy to see that I sin in similar ways all the time.
In fact, in this account we see righteous Lot showing a rather unbelievable lack of faith in verses 16-20. He sees how wicked these guys are first hand, he is reduced to offering his daughters in exchange for the angels, he sees the angels strike the men of the town blind and yet he is hesitant to leave.
Then apparently after being miraculously lifted and carried outside of the city he then proceeds to argue with the heavenly messengers that he knows best where he needs to flee. Evidently God was smart enough to save him from Sodom’s destruction but not able to take care of him in the place where he tells him to flee.
But that is what sin does; it has us believing that we know better than the Lord. I have had people come to me for help with the results of years of sin in their lives but when I direct them to church and to listen to what God tells them to do, they want none of it. They might be miserable in their sin but one thing they know is that they are not going to give up their sin and certainly not submit to God.
And it is particularly sad when Christians’ pride and lusts have such control over them that no matter who they hurt and how much their lives fall apart they only get angry if you try to direct them back to where the Lord would have them. They will argue with you and tell you that your theology is wrong but their view isn’t helping them at all!
Yes, this chapter teaches a lot about sexual perversion but it teaches more about the deceitfulness of sin that we all are only a step or two away from. May God grant us a tender conscience and a repentant spirit so that we can recognize when our sin is controlling the way we are living. I think too often I see myself in this chapter more than I see the sin of homosexuality.