Where Is Our Pilgrim Spirit

“I was shocked and couldn’t believe it.  I wish I had been warned.  Maybe you can write about it on your blog.  Someone has to let people know.” 

These are the words shared with me this past week from a mother seeking to raise her daughter in a world far from God.  With delight in watching Anne of Green Gables, this mother and daughter looked forward to watching a new series on Netflix based on the original show.  It would be a great way to spend some time together.  

Having enjoyed season 1, Anne With An E (with a few minor additions that didn’t add much to the story and could have been left out), they were looking forward to season 2.  However, the media world always has an agenda, and true to character it was revealed in season 2.  The homosexual agenda was not only exposed but was blatant throughout the show.  

Why do I share this?

The Bible tells us that there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).  The same homosexual agenda was being pushed in biblical times just as it is today.  And how we deal with the issue is just as important as it was back then.

The two angels entered Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting at Sodom’s gate. When Lot saw them, he got up to meet them. He bowed with his face to the ground and said, “My lords, turn aside to your servant’s house, wash your feet, and spend the night. Then you can get up early and go on your way.”

“No,” they said. “We would rather spend the night in the square.” 

But he urged them so strongly that they followed him and went into his house. He prepared a feast and baked unleavened bread for them, and they ate.

Before they went to bed, the men of the city of Sodom, both young and old, the whole population, surrounded the house. They called out to Lot and said, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Send them out to us so we can have sex with them!” 

Lot went out to them at the entrance and shut the door behind him. He said, “Don’t do this evil, my brothers. Look, I’ve got two daughters who haven’t had sexual relations with a man.  I’ll bring them out to you, and you can do whatever you want to them. However, don’t do anything to these men, because they have come under the protection of my roof.”

“Get out of the way! ” they said, adding, “This one came here as a foreigner, but he’s acting like a judge!  Now we’ll do more harm to you than to them.” 

They put pressure on Lot and came up to break down the door. But the angels reached out, brought Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. They struck the men who were at the entrance of the house, both young and old, with a blinding light so that they were unable to find the entrance.”  Genesis 19:1-11

Without going into great detail about how Lot even ended up in Sodom (you can read it in Genesis 13-19), we get a good picture of where Lot’s heart was at this time.  

Lot was living with his wife and two daughters in a city God was about to destroy with fire and brimstone.  When Lot was in the city gate, he recognized godly men.  Since Lot knew the evil he lived among, Lot sought to protect these men by inviting them into his home.  

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While offering your virgin daughters is probably not the best response to homosexual men, the point is that Lot did recognize holiness from ungodliness.  Lot had the knowledge, but he was not applying that knowledge in his everyday life.  

Iain Duguid in his book, Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality, clearly describes Lot’s behavior and how closely we come to having the same heart attitude towards the evil of the world we live.

“The apostle Peter describes Lot as ‘a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)’ (2 Peter 2:7-8) 

Lot never totally identified with the world in which he lived.  At the same time, he was unwilling to leave it behind. He was, as Derek Kidner calls him, ‘the righteous man without the pilgrim spirit.’  How many of us are like that? We’re Christians, yes. But we also want to have our part in the world. We must have our slice of the action. We feel that we can’t possibly give it up completely: that would be too great a cost to bear. So like Lot, we seek instead to do our best in a hopelessly compromised situation, trying to maintain dual citizenship in the world and in heaven.  

It doesn’t work.”  

We see the disconnect between the knowledge of the holy and our actions.  

Watching season 2 and becoming more and more disturbed by what they were seeing, the mother prayed and sought for how she was going to handle what was being promoted on the screen.  Through wisdom and discernment, she guided her daughter in how to love all people while still hating the sin.  

I encouraged this mom in what she did was right.  We can’t protect our children from this world, but we can walk and guide our children in the ways of the Lord and pursue a pilgrim spirit.  We can encourage them as well as ourselves with the challenge the apostle Peter gives to us in 1 Peter 2: 11-12:

“Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and temporary residents to abstain from fleshly desires that war against you. Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do what is evil, they will, by observing your good works, glorify God in the day of visitation.”  

As more and more of our society embraces unbiblical relationships, it will continue to become extremely important for believers to maintain a life of holiness before God and the world.  Through the Holy Spirit’s aid and strength, we must be willing to rely on the power of Christ living in us to not only protect us from the world but also be a light to the dark.   

How about you?  
Are you a “righteous” man or woman living in the world?
Are you a “righteous” man or woman living with a pilgrim spirit?

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