There are times that we look at a person’s life and all of the evidence points to them that they are an unbeliever. It’s not our place to judge another man’s servant (Rom 14:4), but for some reason, we feel that it is our job. A person can be a son or daughter and be living in the ‘pig pen’ (Luke 15:15-17). While an individual is in the pig pen; they are miserable and they have lost their joy because of their decision. Maybe they feel stuck or out of control or maybe just consumed by their surroundings.
In Genesis chapter eighteen, Abraham pleads to God to spare the city of Sodom if there is at least ten righteous men and/or women in it. God agrees not to destroy the city if there are ten righteous in it. Sadly though, there were not ten righteous in that city, so God sends angels there to destroy the city.
One man in that city, by the name of Lot, was found to be righteous, though he was consumed by his surroundings. Even though outwardly, Lot didn’t act holy; he did exercise belief in the coming Messiah and this placed him as righteous in God’s eyes.
and if God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; and if He rescued RIGHTEOUS Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,… 2 Peter 2:6-9
God remembered Abraham’s pleading for the righteous and showed grace and compassion to Lot (19:16, 29) by sending two angels to get Lot and his family out of the city. Lot is indulging in the ‘pig pen’ and has engulfed himself into this culture. He was heavily involved in the city and even a judge for them (19:1,19). Maybe his thought process was to get involved and to try to shine his light to this dark and dismal city. Instead of influencing the city; the city impressed their values on him and his family. He received severe oppression and mistreatment from this group, but he stayed involved in the city and his testimony was ineffective and eventually it was tarnished.
Lot made a slight effort on gathering his sons-in-law to come with him, but they ignored him. Lot was dragging his feet on leaving this city that he loved. By morning, the angels urged him to get out because judgment was coming, but Lot hesitated, so the angels grabbed the hands of Lot, his wife and two daughters and brought them outside of the city.
Though Lot made it out alive; he lost his wife when she gazed back to Sodom, the land and possessions that she loved (vs. 26). His daughters were so conformed to the wicked ways of Sodom that they quickly thought it a good idea to get their father drunk and have relations with him (vs. 31ff).
Lot was a righteous man but he lost many things living in this city that he shouldn’t have even lived in the first place. He lost his family to the culture. By blending in with the culture; he lost any influence and testimony he did have. Ultimately, living in this ‘pig pen’ he lost his peace and joy knowing that he should not have lived there and the regret that came after losing his family from his poor decisions.
This is a rough passage of Scripture, but the Bible shows every side of the saints of the past. The battles, victories, troubles, mistakes, sins, failures, good works and regrets are shown for our example and instruction. The whole truth of each biblical character is shown so we can learn from them.
Instead of judging others, be quicker to pray and encourage those who are struggling. Each of them could use an ‘Abraham’ praying for them. Be quick to learn from the poor examples of others so you do not make the same painful mistakes like Lot did. Be careful to not to fall in the ‘pig pen’ and become conformed to your surroundings and losing your testimony and joy.
Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. 1 Corinthians 10:11-12