We’ve bent God’s creation against its design, forcing its resources to destroy, waging war against each other by employing animals and our intellectual imaginations which were never designed for that use.
We rape the natural world in forcing it to comply with our sinful rebellion against God.
And Creation groans as one in captivity to a harsh and cruel taskmaster.
For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. Romans 8:22
But it isn’t only Creation which groans, but true Christians, as well.
Instead of being consumed with the political affairs of this age, or being tied to its entertainment and culture, we should be groaning inwardly at the lawless rebellion against our Loving God, conscious of its presence in deathly form within us and in active growth in our culture.
And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8:23
“…and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked.” 2 Peter 2:7
Lot didn’t appear too righteous in Genesis. He seemed quite worldly. Unlike Abraham, he was not separated unto God. He looked at the rich fields of the world and said, “me likey!”
Perhaps he thought, “I’ll be a witness to them!”
Of course, he wasn’t. He was dragged off in a war–saved only through the intercession of his separated uncle. He was embroiled in the politics of Sodom (he sat in the gate, which means he held political office).
And he had no godly influence in that pagan culture.
The question is, do we feel an inward groaning at our culture? Daily? Hourly? Or do we find their rebellion entertaining? Are we separating our lives to God and allowing him to fill us with oil for His holy flame? Or are we looking around, napping and enjoying our time while we await the groom’s arrival?