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Remember Lot's Wife (9 of 14)
Luke 17:32; Genesis 19:1-38
INTRO: One of the things that characterize human nature is the strange belief that we are exempt as individuals from the laws of nature. This has been both a strong point and a weak point for the human race. It has been our strong point in that it has enabled us to do things no animal would ever have thought to do, like take a large sheet and attach strings to it and jump off a cliff thus defying the laws of gravity ... what animal would have ever thought of this? It is our weak point in that we believe we are the exception to all laws, spiritual, moral, and physical. Most of us don't believe we are ever going to die; only other people do this! Americans in particular have this crazy sense that we can make poor choices and still avoid all consequences; somehow there will always be options to get out of bad things happening to us no matter what choice we make! Even dreaded diseases like A.I.D.S. haven't persuaded people that certain sexual behaviors leave them at great risk; they often think they will be the exception! Consequences for poor choices affect others, not us ... or so we are accustomed to thinking.
ILLUS: YEARS AGO ABC EVENING NEWS REPORTED ON AN UNUSUAL WORK OF MODERN ART, IT WAS A CHAIR AFFIXED TO A SHOTGUN. IT WAS TO BE VIEWED BY SITTING IN THE CHAIR AND LOOKING DIRECTLY INTO THE GUN BARREL! THE CRAZY PART OF THIS WAS THAT THE GUN WAS LOADED WITH ONE BULLET AND A TIMING DEVICE SET TO FIRE AT AN UNDETERMINED MOMENT WITHIN THE NEXT 100 YEARS, NO ONE BUT THE ARTIST KNEW WHEN THE GUN WOULD GO OFF! THE AMAZING THING ABOUT THIS "PIECE OF ART" WAS THAT PEOPLE WAITED IN LINE FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO SIT IN THE CHAIR AND LOOK INTO THE GUN BARREL, KNOWING FULL WELL THAT IT MIGHT GO OFF IN THE MOMENT THEY WERE SITTING THERE! THEY LOVED THE CHALLENGE OF THINKING THAT THEY HAD THE ODDS IN THEIR FAVOR AND THEY ASSUMED THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO LOOK DEATH IN TH ...
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