Lot thought he could influence Sodom by moving in and trying to work from within the system. But pretty soon Sodom had moved into his family. And when he did warn them of God’s judgment, they thought he was joking. Who had the real influence with Sodom? The pilgrim under the oak at Mamre. Abram rescued them once, almost twice, not by chinwags in the gate, but by interceding and by wielding the sword of the Lord. It’s no different today.