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THE RELIGION CORNER: Don’t Look Back

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. — Psalm 103:8

During this global pandemic (plague), when most of us are in solitude or even quarantined, we must all bow down and worship God, praise God, remain vigilant, hear from God, utilize this time to write books, songs and poems, to clear out junk and clutter in our lives. None of our lives will be the same when this is all over. The hand of God is waving, cleaning this land, like he did in the biblical days of Sodom and Gomorrah.

That story reminds us how much our Lord and Savior hates sin. In the story, two angels appeared as travelers along the road on the way to visit Abraham, but they decided they would visit Sodom and Gomorrah instead, so they could see the sin and destruction of the people for themselves. A third angel visited Abraham and told him God sent him to destroy the cities because of the sin of the people.

The third angel informed Abraham he knew God would destroy the cities because of the evil ways of their people. Abraham, a friend of God, begged Him to please spare the cities.

First, Abraham asked the Lord to spare the cities if he could find 50 righteous people who lived there. The Lord said yes. Abraham obviously thought that question was answered too easily, so he kept reducing the number until finally, God agreed that if Abraham could find even 10 righteous people, he would spare the city.

When the two angels, disguised as men, arrived at the home of Lot and his family, Lot hosted these two men, serving them dinner. Remember the saying, be careful when you entertain strangers, you might be entertaining angels.

After dinner, men of the city formed a circle around Lot’s home and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so we can have sex with them.” (Genesis 19:5, NIV)

It was a custom back then to protect any guests who visit your home. Lot decided he would offer the homosexual men his two virgin daughters instead. The townsmen didn’t like that offer one bit. Angry, they wanted men, so they rushed to break down the door.

After the angels caused blindness over the men, they began to lead Lot, his wife and two daughters out of the city. The angels guided Lot and his family to a tiny village called Zoar. As they ran quickly, the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah. The towns and all of the buildings and the people were destroyed. The angels told the family, “Do not look back.” Lot’s wife disobeyed the angels and looked back, and when she did, she was turned into a pillar of salt.

Today, we find ourselves in a similar predicament to that of the times of Sodom and Gomorrah. Evil is all around us too. Sin is running rampant — folks lying like they’re telling the truth, pornography, illegal drugs, illicit sex, missing girls and domestic violence like never before. Don’t look back, my brothers and sister, keep your eyes on Jesus. We have been called to be holy people, set apart, not influenced by our wicked culture. Sin always have and always will have consequences. We must take sin and God’s wrath seriously. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email lyndiagrantshowdc@gmail.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

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A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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