When contemplating how we might today be Warming At The Enemy’s Fire, I was having trouble thinking this out very well. (May have something to do with spending the past couple of days listening to orchestra rehearsals all day.)
At first the only thought I had was Lottery Funding. Some states use the income from lotteries to fund scholarships for qualified students. Is this not “warming ourselves at the enemy’s fire”? Especially when we consider those who buy lottery tickets are often those who can least afford it.
But this doesn’t affect me. I don’t buy lottery tickets nor do I use lottery funds to send my children to college. But surely I cannot just say well I’m not guilty of ever “warming at the enemy’s fire”?
So I decided to see who else in Scripture was guilty. It wasn’t hard at all to find several examples.
Lot choose the well watered plains with the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah when he separated from Abraham.
5 And Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents,
6 so that the land could not support both of them dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together,
7 and there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were dwelling in the land.
8 Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen.
9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.”
10 And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
11 So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other.
12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom.
13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord. ESV
See that in verse 12 Lot was just pitching his tent near Sodom, yet by Genesis 19:1 Lot is living in the city and sitting in the gate.
Genesis 19:1 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. ESV
Lot was “warming himself” by enjoying the protection and benefits of the city despite being grieved by the sin of the city. We of course know of the troubles Lot was soon to find himself in.
2 Peter 2:7-8
7 and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked
8 (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); ESV
Notice who tells us of Lot being grieved by the sin of the city.
None other than Peter!
You think Peter understood being in the wrong place, warming himself with the enemy, and falling into sin?