6And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
7And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
8And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
9Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
10And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
This passage speaks volumes. Yet, on my initial reading of this when I was young, I got the impression that Lot was simply wrong. There is a case to be made that he should have been respectful towards his older uncle and gave him the first choice. However, what is God’s verdict? Simply put, Lot isn’t condemned (although he does pay a penalty for bad choices).
1. Did either Abraham or Lot sin in this exchange? If so, where is it documented?
2. Are both listed in the “hall of faith”?
3. Is it necessarily sinful to have disagreements?
4. Is it necessarily wrong to go separate ways when everything else seems to fail? Remember, Abraham and Lot were relatives.
I want to give credit where credit is due. Dennis Luker twice has said that he doesn’t view anyone in the Church as an enemy. I think that is rather commendable. Hopefully others feel the same about the Church with a capital ‘C’.