Family: Who’s Knocking at Your Door?

The story of Lot, as told in the book of Genesis, is simple, yet holds such a meaningful lesson. In an act of disobedience, Lot began to pitch his tent towards the ungodly city of Sodom. Before long, he and his family were permanent residents of the city, and although they did not fully partake in the evil activities that were conducted, Lot was considered friend and kinsman to the depraved population of Sodom.

Lot did his best to raise a good, virtuous family, but in Genesis 19:6-8, he compromised his beliefs and offered his family up to the wicked. When the ungodly knocked on his door, “…they called unto Lot and said unto him, where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us that we many know them. And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, and said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters, which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes…”

Anyone can recognize the danger of Lot’s actions and can clearly point out that his first mistake was opening his door to the immoral Sodomites. How many of us can recognize that the exact same thing is happening to us?

In modern times, we are so intertwined with society, and although we try to set ourselves apart as Lot did, we are only a “door” away from complete involvement. We make our minds vulnerable by delighting ourselves in the evil of society and we willingly open our doors to the mentality of the ungodly.

We live in a society that is indulging itself in every conceivable and inconceivable immoral activity. There are no standards or rules concerning moral conduct. Unfortunately, there are some people today who call themselves Christians, but are also engaging in these same acts of sin. They have opened a spiritual door to the ungodly, and although they outwardly embrace Biblical truth, their minds are corrupted with the world. The Apostle Paul mentions in 2 Thessalonians 2:10, “… with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not a love of the truth, that they might be saved. …God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned…”

Are you aware of what your family is exposed to on television and the Internet? Who dictates what television programs can be watched? Who controls the remote control? Today, many crimes are committed as a result of the perversion that is promoted on television and the Internet. We fail to recognize satanic influences in godly homes, whether it is through so-called entertainment or deceptive religious programs on television. In Colossians 2:4, Paul again warns “…lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.”

In Joshua 7, Achan was also held responsible for the destruction of his family because he exposed them to a lifestyle that God was eliminating. Are we not doing the same thing when we tolerate and participate in the evils that are creeping into our homes?

The fabric of society is woven together by the threads of Satan’s deception. Traditional Christian values and morals are being overthrown and immorality is hastily infiltrating our lives. Our society is quickly being devastated and is producing dysfunctional families. The most disturbing thing is that the Church also appears to be deceived by the idolatry of the wicked and has fallen victim to it. The spirit of the age has crept into the Church, and it has become one of Satan’s most successful enterprises. Christians around the world have become prey to the lure of fashion, sports, television, the Internet, materialism, and even apostate religious dogmas.

It is easy to recognize a salesman trying to sell you his product, but most of the time we are blind to the solicitations of Satan. We criticize Hollywood for their evils, yet we pay the cable companies to contaminate our families by bringing perverted programs into our homes. We open wide our doors to accommodate the immoral lifestyle of Hollywood.

The simple question is: “Who is knocking at our doors?” By discerning what sorts of influences are infiltrating our lives and homes, we will be better equipped to handle the bombardment of the Devil. We cannot blindly open our doors to this type of influence because as Christians, we must recognize the subtlety of the Devil. He is not breaking down the door. He is politely knocking, and if our senses are not exercised, we will let him into our homes and give him complete access to our families.

It is true that we live in a sinful society, but we cannot use this as an excuse to partake of that evil. Clearly, it would be difficult to separate ourselves entirely from the world, but we must be able do so spiritually. The Lord does not tolerate sin, and the Church cannot function like the world. Just because the world sinks deeper and deeper into the muck of sin, does not mean that we must sink with it. Just because society lowers its standards does not mean we should follow suit. This is not relative but is an absolute standard. It does not change. It does not fluctuate. Society may be indulging in all forms of immoral gratification, but the Church must not.

Our only defense against the wiles of Satan is to be adorned with the whole armour of God. Remember that there is only a spiritual “door” separating you from society. Make sure you know who’s knocking.