Discussing the Issues
Young people respect when adults are willing to discuss hard questions with them, admitting that they don’t know all the answers.
In the teaching of this lesson, encourage students to explore the difficult parts such as: The destruction of all inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s offering of his daughters to an angry mob, the hesitation of Lot’s family to leave their home even in the face of impending death, God’s attempts to save us even when there seems little chance of our accepting the salvation.
These issues should not be allowed to become the focus of the lesson study, but they should be considered in the discussion. Also, look for opportunities to make comparisons between the behaviors of Sodom’s inhabitants and those of people today. For instance, encourage students to compare today’s current acceptance of homosexuality with God’s view of this sin and its practice in Sodom.