Lot's Righteous Character in Genesis 19:1-11

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The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth...
Genesis 19:1-11

If by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes [God] condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (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); then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment...
2 Peter 2:6-9

Lot gets a lot of bad press in Christian teaching, but Peter clearly wrote that Lot was a righteous man. Despite his frequently foolish choices, the prelude to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah shows that Lot had some qualities that God values very highly.

He was proactively hospitable, humble, generous, and protective of those who took shelter under his roof, even to the point of sacrifice himself and his own daughters for their sake. For holding so lightly his life and his daughters' in comparison to the lives of his guests, God rewarded him by sparing them and making them into two nations.

From Jay Carper at American Torah (http://www.AmericanTorah.com)

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