So the men turned from there, and went toward Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Then Abraham came near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will you then sweep away the place and not forgive it for the fifty righteous who are in it?
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What if....God's declaration of the plan to annihilate Sodom was one of those moments when God was wanted to see how the people of God would respond? Would they circle and hover like siblings waiting to see the whoopin' that the misbehaving sibling was going to get? Would they rubberneck on the wreck that clearly was Sodom and enjoy not being as bad as "those people?" Would they turn away into an ever-increasing private realm in which faithfulness was defined more by who they didn't associate with than what they did to live that faith? Or would they, like Abraham, seek to save the city by lifting up the righteous ones as a bargaining chip? What if.....God was opening their hearts to the idea of lifting up Jesus for the sake of saving the whole world? It would mean that the story of Sodom was about checking on the condition not just of the city but of the capacity of the human heart to understand grace.
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Lord, help us to think twice about the throwing rocks. Amen.