Just the other day I was reading through Genesis 19, and something struck me. I’m familiar with the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. I’ve read it before. I’ve heard it preached on plenty of times. And I don’t know if it’s the place in my life that I have come to, or if God was just opening my heart to a new understanding, but a very different, very raw thought came to mind.
This guy tried to give his virgin daughters to the very men that wanted to rape his guests. Think about that. His daughters. He didn’t put up a fight. He put up his daughters.
Defend him if you will. I can’t.
“But, what if he knew they were angels?”
They were his daughters.
There are too many “Lot” daddies in this world who throw their daughters helplessly to the wolves in the name of their comfort, their work, their schedule, their hobbies. There are too many “Lot” daddies who allow their daughters to grow up without their affection and without ever hearing “You’re beautiful” or “I love you.”
Fathers who neglect to protect their daughters and their daughters’ purity, sin passively and are no better than Lot offering his daughters to the people of the city. We, as men and as daddies, are called to do so much for our children, but we fail so often. We may not necessarily do anything to them or against them. But if we give them up to this world without showing them love, affection, and approval, our daughters will jump in the car of any teeange guy that promises to.
So next time you read Gen. 19, read it as a father who loves his children – who loves his daughter(s). Let it get you pissed off. Then, go do something about it – like giving her a hug, a kiss, holding her in your lap, telling her you love her, playing dolls with her, reading a book to her, etc.
Have you ever been guilty of this? How did you repair that?