The fourth human condition of the spirit of Lot is Isolation.
Ephesians 4:17-18 says, “you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated (Isolated) from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.”
Lot isolated himself and his family from the rest of the city. He lived in a house that could be surrounded by the mob of men. Which meant it was not right in the middle of town. Just as Lot isolated his family from the wickedness going on around us, the enemy wants to isolate us from each other and the rest of the body. We are designed to be in relationship and be connected to each other, especially believers. If we isolate ourselves, like Lot, from the church or our church allows itself to be isolated from the world, the enemy wins.
My parents went to a small church that had a heart for missions. For their small congregation they supported a lot of missionaries. I even helped out on their missions conference. It was growing and doing a lot of good. However, at some point they stopped looking outside to understand the changes in the generation and the culture. Instead of seeing the need to adapt to bring in the next generation, they built walls to protect the way they had always done things. They isolated themselves from the outside in an attempt to keep doing the things they had always done. This worked for a while. But like many churches, their members began to grow old and die. Since they were not getting new people to join, the church was literally dyeing off. The church is now on life support mode, just trying to survive.
The thing is, the enemy is using everything to isolate and divide people. Christians and non-Christians alike. No one is bothering to engage in dialogue or in relationship. We see people isolating themselves with particular ideology, belief or world view. Instead of engaging and influencing, we see lines being drawn that you dare not cross. People are now identifying themselves with these isolated groups. It might be political identification, gender identification, sexual preference or racial lines. As people build the walls around themselves, it begins to drive a doctrine of hate, division and destruction…ON ALL SIDES. This isolation and division is not healthy for the individual or the body.
Like the other three issues, we don’t have to stay isolated, separated from the body. We need to have a willingness to step off the porch. We have to will ourselves to get out and have a conversation with someone to break the isolation. I find the simplest way to break the isolation is to invite someone to have a cup of coffee or to have a meal with someone. A lot of walls get broken down over a meal.