Vexation Without Representation
Robert Wurtz II
For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment. (2 Peter 2:4–9 NKJV)
I have been giving it some thought and decided today that I would alter the description of this blog to read, “This blog is intended to be a means of putting into writing some of my musings about New Testament Christianity in post-Christian America. We are instructed in scripture to, “gird up the loins of our minds.” Whereas it used to read “in a post-modern culture” … now it reads “in post-Christian America.” I’m altering it because Western society continues down the path that many nations have trod before us: and they all ended the same. Christian America has been dead for a long time; we’re just no longer able to ignore the putrefying smell. The days of “speaking those things that are not as though they were” have long been over. Those who live in rebellion against their Creator are emboldened more every day to blaspheme as if they will never meet Him.
History Repeats Again
Lot was a man vexed by the behavior of the people of Sodom; but it’s hard not to be vexed by the decisions of Lot. He pitched his tent towards Sodom and then moved in there (This is the city from which we get our Engish word sodomy). Although vexed and oppressed, he remained until two angels had to drag him out of the city. Peter comments saying, the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment. Our word “temptations” could be translated “trials.” Lot’s actions had put him in the trial of his life. God’s grace drew him out of that wicked city, but not before his decision to move to Sodom had destroyed his family. Before it was over his wife will be killed and his daughters will be found with child of their own father; pure evidence that the environment our kids are subject to will affect their moral reasoning.
Remember Lot’s Wife
Jesus once told the disciples to “remember Lot’s wife.” (Luke 17:32) This is a pertinent illustration to warn against looking back with yearning after what has been left behind (A. T. Robertson, see Gen. 19:26). We are called to leave sin behind. nevertheless, Lot’s wife is to be examined and remembered. She had the gall to defy God while His fiery judgment was in route. If she defied God, it would be a light thing to defy her husband. She was the type who would go on Facebook and boast of how “open-minded” she is and refer to the righteous as “bigots” or some other abusive adjective. Her friends had the morals of an alley cat and wore that fact as a badge of honor. What these bold blasphemers didn’t realize was that they were within hours of being sent straight to hell by God Himself. As Jude tells us, “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” (Jude 1:7 KJV) Fornication is any sexual activity besides between a married man (male) and woman (female).
Lot’s wife looked back at Sodom after being commanded not to do it. She sought to gaze one last time upon the wickedness that God was annihilating. Her actions were judged swiftly and she became a pillar of salt. Jesus said, “Remember her.” One is left to wonder, was she the driving force behind Lot moving his family to Sodom in the first place? Lot was worn down and tormented in the very city that his wife looked back upon with yearning. She seemed to crave rebellion — even when fire and brimstone was raining down. She had obviously sided with her fellow Sodomites against God. Wrong move.
Nevertheless, Lot’s wife wouldn’t be the first woman to bring a man of God down — nor the last. Jezebel stirred up Ahab to do all kinds of evil. Yet both Lot and Ahab are accountable to God for how they led their family. When God showed up in the Garden He did not cry out, “Eve, where art thou? … but Adam, where art thou?” The buck stops at the man in the government of God.
Vexation and Oppression
One thing is certain, if you are a Christian and ever wondered what Lot felt when he lived in Sodom, you are about to find out first-hand. Churches losing their 501 C3 tax exemption status will be the least of our worries. The years of ministers serving Mammon seem to be all but over now. We are going to find out who will still serve God even if they don’t get paid. Moreover, we are also headed for a hostile taste of being oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds). The unlocked wheels of iniquity are gaining speed; while the masses are like clones mindlessly under the control of the spirit of Antichrist. The average person bases their morality on whatever is “popular” or “hip” in the media. It used to be that “hip” only extended to automobiles, clothing styles, and music trends. Today the concept of “hipness” has crossed over into other categories such as education and moral values. It’s hip to bash the righteous. Indeed, we are on our way into a godless society that our minds cannot now fathom. In less than twenty years it may well be safer to be a Christian in China than in America.
Ministers of bygone years warned of this time. The trouble is that the masses were too busy preaching financial prosperity or some other false teaching to focus on what was happening around us. But there were some sounding a clarion call. The late Leonard Ravenhill gave a sobering illustration once when he wrote:
Dr. Carl F. Henry, founder and editor of Christianity Today, sent out a questionnaire to what he called, “Twenty of the leading intellectual preachers in the country.” And the question that he sent out was this: “What do you see for the church of Jesus Christ by the year 2000.” I remember only one of the replies, it was given by Elton Trueblood, the Quaker philosopher. He said this amazing thing: “By the year 2000 the church will be a conscious minority surrounded by an arrogant, militant paganism.” I swallowed that hook, line and sinker, and woke up about 2 o’clock in the morning with mental and I think spiritual indigestion. Then I began to remind myself that Christianity was not served up to the world in a silver platter. Christianity was born in a sophisticated, totalitarian society. The early church was walled in on one side with the mightiest military machine in history, the power of Rome. It was walled in on the other side with Greek intellectualism. It was blocked ahead by the monopoly the Jews thought they had on God. Those men who turned the world upside down had no colossal intellectual capacity; no great financial backing; no social standing. They were about the most despised men in and around Jerusalem. And yet they broke out somehow – and later it was said that they turned the world upside-down.
It would only seem fitting that the battle cry for America in the beginning was “taxation without representation” only to have it end with a lingering “vexation without representation.” The notion that America would be changed at the voting booth has been a farce from the beginning. Looking back it seems ludicrous to think that Republicans or conservatives could save America. Many of those people don’t even believe what they say they stand for; it’s just a means to an end. All of the carnal measures have failed. Now it’s time to face the music. America is in moral and spiritual darkness and decaying at an unprecedented pace. Maybe now Christians in the West will start asking whats wrong with their salt and light.