Today's Manna

January 12, 2017
The Slippery Slope of Compromise
by Christi Huff
Scripture Reading: Genesis 19

In Genesis 19, we see the effects of sin demonstrated in the unravelling of Lot and his family. While he was hosting two angels in his home, the ill-intentioned men of Sodom surrounded the house and demanded that the guests be brought out to satisfy their evil lusts. Protecting his guests, Lot offered his daughters to the men to do with them as they wished.

How far away from God Lot must have been to think that handing over his daughters was a reasonable and valid option. Truth be told, Lot probably didn’t arrive at that state of thinking overnight. As is often the case, it began with a minor compromise here, a small step away there. He selfishly chose Sodom because of its well-watered fields, then progressively allowed himself to be influenced by the wickedness that abounded there.

One of Satan’s most destructive lies is convincing us that a tiny sin (especially a secret one) won’t matter, when in reality, each step away from God makes the next step away that much easier. 2 Peter 2:8 says this of Lot, “for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds.”

Big sins always begin with little ones, therefore we must guard against all sin, all the time. Ephesians 5:26 tells us that Christ gave Himself for us so that he might present us to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that she (the church) should be holy and without blemish. God is serious about sin; He knows that when it comes to man, one spot leads to many.

One of sin’s most detrimental effects is that it blinds us to its very danger. Even after being warned repeatedly of Sodom’s destruction by the angels, we read the following in verse 16 of Genesis 9: “And while he [Lot] lingered, the men [angels] took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters…and they brought him out and set him outside the city.” They were so entrenched in Sodom that they literally had to be dragged out.

Lingering in the small sin of today will quickly lead to the ensnaring destruction of tomorrow. May we always be quick to examine ourselves and repent when needed.

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