Righteous Lot

Lot is hardly a man for whom great admiration can be mustered. But Peter called him a righteous man with a righteous soul (II Peter 2:7-8). What is interesting is the fact that Peter used an active verb to describe Lot. He said that the Lord delivered “righteous Lot, sore distressed by the lascivious life of the wicked (for that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their lawless deeds.”

The fact that he actively vexed his righteous soul over the condition of the city indicates that he made himself uncomfortable, if not even miserable, as he pondered the enormity and ugliness of sinful conditions in which he had chosen to live. As a righteous man he could not be indifferent. He could not simply ignore what was so obvious. He was too good for such things. He had to be active in his disgust with sin. His vexation apparently did not lead him to launch a city-wide campaign to clean up Sodom or to lead a violent crusade against sodomy. But still, righteous Lot vexed his righteous soul over the deplorable and wretched conditions.

While Lot did not have his uncle’s great faith, moral fortitude, or energetic godliness, still he is described as a righteous man with a righteous soul. But sometimes righteous people don’t do enough. Lot was certainly deficient in moral courage. Someone wrote, “If Sodom had need to open her gates after that strife among the hills between the herdsmen of Lot’s cattle and the herdsmen of Abraham’s cattle, she did well, as regards her own tranquility, to open them to this man whose personal piety could hardly have caused a ripple upon that iniquitous sea of human depravity.”

Like many of us, Lot may have worried, vexed his soul, and cried out in disgust at the horrible conditions he lived in -- but that is about all. He will ever stand before the world as typical of that large class of men who are wanting in moral forcefulness.

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