sermonette: Lot's Day and Our Day
David C. Grabbe
Given 23-Jan-16; Sermon #1305s; 18 minutes
David Grabbe, contending with the popularly held assumption that the days preceding Christ's return would be characterized by near-apocalyptic, cataclysmic disaster, points to the Scriptures that people will be eating, drinking, and marrying as in the days of Noah and the days of Lot, indicating that there will be enough relative normalcy to allow for commerce and "business as usual" for much of the world. Right up to the day of the flood and the firestorm on Sodom, people were carrying on with mundane everyday activities, with a certain amount of ease in committing sins of self-indulgence and complacency, with people having enough security to kick back and bask in protected mediocrity as their work ethic eroded. Like Sodom and ancient Babylon, modern Babylon's obsession is with materialism and guaranteed security, as government, union, and many academic positions protect—even encourage—mediocrity, incompetency, and malfeasance. God is not against prosperity unless it leads to materialism and self-indulgence, displacing godliness, righteousness, and contentment. Our current moral and economic state is not terribly unlike the days of Noah and the days of Lot.
Academic tenure Amos Capernaum's hard-heartedness Complacency Corruption throughout government Days of Lot Days of Noah Days of Lot Eating ,drinking and marrying Ecclesiastes 10:16 Ezekiel 16:49 Government jobs Jude Luke 17; 21:34 Luxury and degeneracy Materialism Plain of Jordan well watered Poor, afflicted, and lowly Pride Relative normalcy Sodom and Gomorrah Warped world view Welfare state Work ethic damaged