This side of the Atlantic, we heard quite a bit about the preparations for hurricane Sandy, but I’m sure a lot more was discussed on the American side. I wonder how many folk believed it would be so devastating, and made adequate preparations. Then I think back to the so-called ‘millennium bug’ that was going to spell the end of civilization as we knew it. Lots of warnings of disaster, lots of preparation, and a huge non-event. Of course, maybe if the preparations hadn’t been made, things would have turned out a lot worse…no-one really spoke much about it afterwards, so I’m not informed.
Lot’s prospective sons-in-law somewhat underplayed the disaster they were warned of in Genesis 19 v 12 – 14, and perished as a result. What I don’t understand though, is why they didn’t believe Abraham. Just prior to this ‘all the men from every part of the city of Sodom – both young and old’ (v4) had been struck blind to protect Lot’s household. This had presumably been temporary, but nevertheless, why didn’t they heed the warning? How blind can you be?
The obvious analogy is with warning people of their need to repent and be saved. Why don’t they listen? What can we do to help people make the best choice? What makes people heed warnings? I’m no expert in these matters, but my guess would be –
- They trust the people giving the warning
- They hear it from a number of sources
- Warnings have proved accurate in the past
So that looks like we need to
- prove ourselves trustworthy to those we wish witness to,
- keep telling people (so they hear from a number of sources)
- tell our story, and demonstrate in our own lives the difference that God has made to us
If our lives do not demonstrate what God has done for us, why should people believe us? If they don’t see integrity and love pouring out of us, what are we offering? Am I a good advert for the Kingdom of God? How can I be more convincing?