Today’s wimp is a character whose appearance in the bible is so brief she doesn’t even get a name. Lot was the nephew of Abraham. He and his family lived in Sodom. Sodom (and their neighbor Gomorrah) was a very bad place. So bad that God was ready to wipe it off the face of the earth. “The Lord said, ‘The cries against Sodom and Gomorrah are very great. Their sin is so bad that I will go down and see for myself. I want to see if what they have done is as bad as the cries that have reached me.’” (Genesis 18:20-21). Abraham tried to get God to change his mind if only he could find 10 people who weren’t wicked. But when the angels that God sent to check out the place arrived, they were threatened and decided that place was so bad it had to be destroyed sooner rather than later.
I would be remiss not to take a pause here. I know a lot of people like to use the story of Sodom Gomorrah as an argument against homosexuality. “See they wanted to have sex with men and that’s why they were destroyed.” I think that is wrong and dangerous. There are a lot of things that fall under the category of sin. My personal opinion (and I not a Bible scholar) is that this story had more to do with the violence and wicked heart of the people in Sodom and Gomorrah than any specific act.
Back to the story…
The angels realize what an awful place Sodom was. They tell Lot to gather up his family, “We are going to destroy this place. There has been a great cry to the Lord against the people of this city. So he has sent us to destroy it.” (Genesis 19: 13). It is interesting to note that most of his family is reluctant to leave. They don’t believe it. In the end they had to forcibly remove Lot, his wife and two daughters “So the men grabbed him by the hand. They also took hold of the hands of his wife and two daughters. They led all of them safely out of the city.” (Genesis 19:16). Lot and his family get one set of instructions: “Run for your lives! Don’t look back!” (Genesis 19:17).
Fire rains on the city and everything is destroyed. “But Lot’s wife looked back. When she did, she became a pillar made out of salt.” (Genesis 19:26).