And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds…(2 Peter 2:7-8 KJV)
We note from Scripture that Lot was “vexed” (i.e., distressed) by his wicked “neighbors” in Sodom and Gomorrah. The Greek word from which we derive the term, “vexed,” means, “to torture.” Thus, Lot was “tortured” by his evil compatriots. But in what manner was Lot tortured? Apparently, he was “tortured” in that his righteous convictions inflicted him with emotional distress whenever his senses perceived the iniquity around him.
Have you ever been vexed? I certainly hope so. It would be impossible to live as a Christian in current society without being vexed! Whenever you turn n the radio, you are subjected to pop songs utilizing profanity and/or sexual innuendo. Whenever you turn on the television, there is a a good chance that your “channel surfing” will reveal someone immodestly clad or abominable persons reveling in their “alternative lifestyle.” Quite honestly, you cannot even go into the stall of a public restroom without being assaulted by graffiti.
Herein is the truth of the matter, though. We can only be “tormented” to the degree by which we allow ourselves to be assaulted. Lot chose to pitch his tent toward Sodom (cf. Genesis 13:12). His motivation for so doing was was that the plains before Sodom would prove better for his livestock (cf. Genesis 13:10). If Lot had been more mindful of his spiritual needs, he would have known that it was not in his best interest to dwell in the shadow of heathen men. Ultimately, Lot was subjected to the “torture” that he had brought upon himself.
Do we not also sometimes bring vexation upon ourselves? It is hard for us to complain about societal ills when we have allowed ourselves to become a party to it. Were you particularly troubled by a television program or the lyrics of an immoral recording artist. If so, did you choose to continue watching or listening despite the information your senses provided? Did you sit through the entire two hours of a sinful movie just because you didn’t like the idea of “wasting” nine dollars at the cinema?
There is a degree to which we can actually “insulate” ourselves from the evil that would trouble us. We know that we cannot prevent all the world’s evil, but we can limit the intrusion of sin into our lives. Let us, therefore, make better decisions!