I know there is all this hoopla and controversy surrounding this book turned film. Since we are all about changing the culture here at RBM, I’d like to share with you a story from Genesis, (paraphrased in my version if you will).
So Abraham had a nephew named Lot that lived in Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lord wanted to destroy the city because it was so evil. It was filled with men who raped men, women and children.
Last week I shared a post about a group of teenage boys who lured a mentally retarded boy into the boy’s locker room and then held him down while they attempted to sodomize him with a broomstick.
Another news report recently, so heinous I couldn't bear to finish reading was the brutal rape of a 6 month old baby, that led to her death. Another of parents forcing their children to have sex with their pet dog while being videotaped… these stories, and many more, so incredibly inhumane and pure evil that I sometimes do not know how to handle what happens in our world. I find myself wondering how people can be that evil? How their sexual appetite can be so perverse and twisted that they continue to feed it instead of seeking change and help?
Back to Genesis…long story short: God destroys this wicked city, which I can only imagine was filled with similar scenarios like above, BUT spares Abraham’s nephew Lot and his wife and their two children.
But how many of us know that you can’t live in a city like that without some “cultural residue” rubbing off on you? We can’t live in a culture where we glamorize the rape and victimization of women without some residue. No, instead we justify and say things like “oh boys will by boys” instead of taking a stand against culture. Let me share with you what comes of Lot’s daughters after being raised in a culture of wickedness:
“Afterward Lot left Zoar because he was afraid of the people there, and he went to live in a cave in the mountains with his two daughters. 31 One day the older daughter said to her sister, “There are no men left anywhere in this entire area, so we can’t get married like everyone else. And our father will soon be too old to have children. 32 Come, let’s get him drunk with wine, and then we will have sex with him. That way we will preserve our family line through our father.”
33 So that night they got him drunk with wine, and the older daughter went in and had intercourse with her father. He was unaware of her lying down or getting up again.
34 The next morning the older daughter said to her younger sister, “I had sex with our father last night. Let’s get him drunk with wine again tonight, and you go in and have sex with him. That way we will preserve our family line through our father.” 35 So that night they got him drunk with wine again, and the younger daughter went in and had intercourse with him. As before, he was unaware of her lying down or getting up again.
36 As a result, both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their own father. 37 When the older daughter gave birth to a son, she named him Moab. He became the ancestor of the nation now known as the Moabites. 38 When the younger daughter gave birth to a son, she named him Ben-ammi. He became the ancestor of the nation now known as the Ammonites.” Genesis 19:30-38
Now, those of you who know the story, know that the Moabites and the Ammonites end up NOT being good people. How about you? What type of cultural residue has worn off on you? Are you excited to go watch this movie after reading the book? Have you given any thought to the way this film glamorizes a stalker who coerces his victim, I mean, “true love” into all forms of torture? When Lot and his family left the wicked city, Lot’s wife looked back. I can only imagine that she wondered what was happening to her home, to her life she had created there. What was going to happen to the many indulgences that she may have had. Because of her longing, God turned her into a pillar of salt.
Don’t look back at this culture. Don’t even entertain what our culture would have you believe is just an indulgence. Don’t become Fifty Shades of Salt.