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03-20-2017 07:06 AM - edited 03-20-2017 07:07 AM
They say that "compromise is the art of politics", however the Bible and Jesus are uncompromising. Satan tempted Jesus and offered him the world (the world was apparently satan`s to give and still is) Jesus did not compromise, but rather said "Get behind me satan!". I can tell you of a city that was very "united" and that was Sodom, they were so united that Abraham bargained with God if he could find 10 righteous people, would God spare the city...God said basically `sure go ahead and waste your time, but I`ll destroy that sucker anyway` well Abraham found Lot and his family, but the rest of the city was all in agreement of their wickedness.
Sodom and Gomorrah have come to be two of the most infamous cities in the history of the world.
The divine judgment of the cities of the Plain follows an encounter in Scripture between God and Abraham, in which God appears to Abraham as a man, accompanied by two other men.
At the end of their encounter, God tells Abraham His plans for the impending destruction of all "the cities of the plain", as well as all of the people which lived there.
Abraham intervened on behalf of the cities; no doubt due to the fact his nephew, and other extended family, lived in and around the region.
Abraham negotiated with God, and bargained Him from ultimate destruction, to where if God could find 10 righteous people in Sodom, God would not destroy the city.
In effect, Abraham had saved the life of Lot, and Lot's family. Initially, Lot chose not to settle in one of the wealthy cities, but rather in the plain region, searching out the lush pastureland in the surrounding fields.
However, as time progressed, he became more and more tied to the city of Sodom. Sodom was the principal of the five cities of the plain. Lot is seen sitting "in the gate of Sodom", as the angels of the Lord approach the city.
"And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground." Gen. 19:1
Some have taken this phrase to mean that Lot had acquired a position of influence within the city. Perhaps he had become a business leader of sorts, or an official within city government.
Others have said it simply means what it says, that Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city, as perhaps he enjoyed that particular place. It is interesting to note that in Bab edh-Dhra, one of the possible locations for Sodom, which will be discussed shortly, two towers have been unearthed in excavations.
What we have to realize is that we have to do the best we can in a very flawed world. The United States is the best country in the world, next to God ruling, a Republic democracy is the best that man can do to rule himself. It protects the individual rights, while holding those ragtag individuals together to protect their own rights, that is our common cause. Some of us want protection from the government, while other`s of us want the government to protect them. Well, those that want government protection in healthcare and farm bills, that takes "other people`s money"...and we`re kind of running out of that.