My family likes to quote Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs.” There is one episode where he is starting some heavy equipment. Before he drives off he sweeps his arm across the field of vision shouting, “OUTTA’ MY WAY SINNERS!!!” That is one of our favorite Mike Rowe-isms.
Although Mike said it tongue in cheek, maybe Lot felt the deeper truth of that statement:
“…righteous Lot, (was) 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 2:7-10
I have really been sensing a similar type of torture in my own soul just as Lot did. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you too, I’m sure, have experienced it. This may be hard to believe but in the past few months I’ve heard about or seen someone:
- expose their body on facebook
- cheat on schoolwork as if there were nothing wrong with it
- cuss in a rage
- physically abuse another person
- self-righteously accept someone else’s apology when the person accepting the apology was the one who, in essence, was wrong
- have sex outside the bonds of marriage
- commit adultery
- commit homosexuality
- be greedy
- be full of pride
- pursue selfish ambition
- live in vain conceit
And these were just the professing CHRISTIANS!!!
Brings to mind this weighty scripture:
“But if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked man does, will he live? None of the righteous things he has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness he is guilty of and because of the sins he has committed, he will die.” Ezekiel 18:29
You know what’s worse than all of these sins I’ve heard about and seen lately?
I have a corrupt nature, sold as a slave to sin. I don’t realize what I’m doing. I don’t do what I want to do. Instead, I do what I hate. I don’t do what I want to do, but I agree that God’s standards are good. So I am no longer the one who is doing the things I hate, but sin that lives in me is doing them. I know that nothing good lives in me; that is, nothing good lives in my corrupt nature. Although I have the desire to do what is right, I don’t do it. I don’t do the good I want to do. Instead, I do the evil that I don’t want to do. Now, when I do what I don’t want to do, I am no longer the one who is doing it. Sin that lives in me is doing it. So I’ve discovered this truth: Evil is present with me even when I want to do what God’s standards say is good. I take pleasure in God’s standards in my inner being. However, I see a different standard [at work] throughout my body. It is at war with the standards my mind sets and tries to take me captive to sin’s standards which still exist throughout my body. Romans 7:14-24
But THANK GOD that Paul did not leave it at that!
What a miserable person I am! Who will rescue me from my dying body? I thank God that our Lord Jesus Christ rescues me! Romans 7:25
I sometimes try to ponder what it must have been like for Jesus to carry the weight of the world’s sin upon his body on the cross. It is impossible. I pray that my thankfulness and freedom would be lighter than that weight of sin Jesus carried and of which I cannot comprehend.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1