Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth. Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father.”—Genesis 19:30-32 (NLT)
Lot’s family got out of Sodom, but they could not get the Sodom out of themselves. As a result, we see the debacle of Lot’s daughters, who made themselves pregnant from their drunken father. Sadly, their behavior in the cave came directly from the caved-in worldview they had learned in Sodom, and they devolved to the lowest form of human existence. Their perfidious and incestuous relations with their father set into motion a series of unrighteous generations in the Moabite and Ammonite nations.
In Lot’s descent from urban life to caveman status, the moral effects of living in Sodom immediately surfaced in his daughters. Their plan to have children by the father resulted directly from the caved-in worldview they had learned in Sodom. First, their immediate surroundings were their whole world. They could conceive of no future except remaining forever in the cave, just as they would never have considered leaving wicked Sodom. Second, the people around them were the only people they could imagine. They never explored the idea that other men exited in the world. Third, Lot’s daughters viewed themselves in small and desperate terms, and could see no one’s needs but their own. Fourth, their view of God provided only for judgment, since they had never discerned anything else from God’s hand. Finally, they could only see their future in terms of their present.
Immigrant have an opportunity to forge a new future for their families. But if their children take on a caved-in worldview, with narrow and confined categories of thought in terms of their options in life, it guarantees the debacle of their families. In many cases it would have served the family better to remain in the old country. Moving to a poor place to a prosperous one benefits little if we do not form in our children the abundance mentality that matches our faith. In Part Two of this entry, we will contrast the worldview of Lot’s family with that of Abraham.
Copyright©2013 by Joseph L. Castleberry.
Dr. Joseph Castleberry is President of Northwest University in Kirkland Washington. He is the author of Your Deepest Dream: Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life and The Kingdom Net: Learning to Network Like Jesus.
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