“Now Lot went up out of Zoar and lived in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters. And the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to come in to us after the manner of all the earth. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.””(Genesis 19:30–32 ESV)
There’s a new movie out about Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple.
It’s a vile little piece of work that makes much of his character flaws and paints a picture of a harsh and cruel man.
Some of it is even true.
The movie doesn’t show you how much he loved his wife and children, nor they him.
It doesn’t speak to the loyalty that he inspired from his employees, many who were crushed by his death even though they knew it was inevitable.
It doesn’t begin to show the string of technological triumphs that transformed Apple into one of the biggest companies in the world.
It doesn’t show you much about the man who changed our world in so many positive ways, because positive things about people are no longer worthy of much attention in our current culture.
It is, at best, a partial glimpse at one aspect of the man at a certain time in that mans life.
By itself, it makes the last word on Steve Jobs a nasty one.
This brings us back to brother Lot.
The last mention we have of Lot in the Older Testament is in the passage referenced above.
It paints a picture of a man who had been dwelling in Sodom, who was forced out of Sodom, and who ended up in a cave getting drunk and impregnating his own daughters.
I’m stunned that the movie version of “The Cave” hasn’t been made yet.
If that were to be the last word on Lot, it’s a nasty word indeed.
It’s not the last word, however.
“For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked(for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority.” (2 Peter 2:4–10 ESV)
The last word about Lot is that he was counted righteous by God.
My friends, if someone chose to do so they could take a snapshot of one period, one time, of our lives and show what wicked people we really are.
They could make an ongoing series of films about my life with material left over…and last time I checked, I’m not even dead yet.
That means that more material will be available.
You’re not that much different from me.
The good news is that the last word about me and you will not be spoken by earthly judges.
Like it was for Lot, it will be spoken by God.
If you have placed your faith in Christ the last word about you will be that you were righteous.
You have been counted righteous by grace through faith.
The better news is that you don’t have to wait for the last word.
You’re counted as righteous now…no matter how nasty a movie they could make about you.
Our challenge isn’t to overcome what we’ve been and what we’ve done…it’s to live like who we really are.
God will have the last word.
Make your own application…