Yesterday in our series “The Difference” we talked about the kind of heart that is necessary for sustained and effective “difference-making”. We did this in part by examine some examples in the Bible of the right kind of heart. One of those examples was Abraham begging God for the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18). A few people have asked, “wasn’t Abraham pleading for the righteous and not the wicked/ unbelievers?”
Here are a few thoughts on that question:
1. It’s true Abraham does speak of the righteous and not the wicked, however Abraham is using his worldview which says God is just and therefore would not judge righteous people with wicked ones. I believe he is using that premise as a bargaining technique for the whole city, believing if God would spare the city on behalf of His justice towards the righteous.