|In Genesis 19:8, As I was pondering what reasons could have forced Lot to give up his daughters to be raped by the mass that demanded to have relations with his visitors, I saw on how man can be forced to consider his ways righteous when in fact, they are not.
Same goes with all our “righteous” acts. When we do Bible Readings, Family Devotions, Church attendance, Music Ministry, Bible Studies, preachings, hymn-searchings, ‘my family is for the Lord’ activities and all the various things we do, are we really doing these things because we do them for the Lord’s sake? Or are we doing them for us to be provided with approval from ourselves. It’s a kind of “see, i’m ok” message we give ourselves, and then we say deep within our quiet aware selves, “look at how others are not doing these things.”
How do we know when our acts are really godly? According to Matthew 6, we should do our godly things in private…where no one would be aware of them except our Father who sees us in secret. One character then of godly acts is the desire to keep them in secret. And one character of righteous acts done for show is the desire for us to exhibit them to the outside world so that we be admired (whether or not we know or accept it) or worse, so that the world would feel shamed over our own righteousness (whether or not we know or accept it). Pharisaical. Like the Pharisees who feel proud when they do their biblical acts, i was forced to examine my own motives.
And then here’s Lot. Protecting his angelic visitors. Noble if you stop at that. But offering your daughters to be raped? I mean, we all see it! But then he doesn’t. How many times we do ‘righteous’ things and yet when you examine them with open eyes, they are not really righteous.
Here’s our old teacher John Calvin commenting on it.
“Lot, indeed, is urged by extreme necessity; and it is no wonder that he offers his daughters to be polluted, when he sees that he has to deal with wild beasts; yet he inconsiderately seeks to remedy one evil by means of another. I can easily excuse some for extenuating his fault; yet he is not free from blame, because he would ward off evil with evil. But we are warned by this example, that when the Lord has furnished us with the spirit of invincible fortitude, we must also pray that he may govern us by the spirit of prudence; and that he will never suffer us to be deprived of a sound judgment, and a well-regulated reason. For then only shall we rightly proceed in our course of duty, when, in complicated affairs, we perceive, with a composed mind, what is necessary, what is lawful, and what is expedient to be done; then shall we be prepared promptly to meet any danger whatever.  “
John Calvin, Calvin’s Commentaries: Genesis, electronic ed., Logos Library System; Calvin’s Commentaries, Ge 19:8