“‘Please, do not let my Lord be angry if I speak up this last time. What if ten are found there?” For the sake of the ten, he replied, I will not destroy it. The LORD departed as soon as he had finished speaking with Abraham, and Abraham returned home. (GENESIS 18:32-33)
The car wasn’t much — really nothing special. In fact, it would probably only bring a few hundred dollars in the used-car lot. It wasn’t the older man driving it. In spite of his gray hair and plaid, short-sleeved shirt, I know I probably couldn’t recognize him on the street. But it was the back of his car I hope to never forget. As I was waiting for the light to change at the corner of Louise and 69th in Sioux Falls I read the bumper sticker, two words that summed up everything I believe: Love Wins.
What could possibly have motivated Abraham to press the Lord over and over to rethink His punishment for Sodom? Abraham surely knew that some were truly guilty. He also knew there were those who were truly innocent. Yet he begged the Lord to spare them all if only ten innocent people could be found. What was Abraham’s motivation to bargain with the Almighty God on behalf of others? Love wins.
Each of us faces decisions daily — most are small and probably don’t matter much. Some decisions are much bigger, have greater consequences or affect others. Those decisions require more of us. What’s right? Do I have what it takes to see this through? Why does it have to be people I know? Why should I care? Why now? Why me? Love wins.
The man’s bumper sticker is now stuck to my heart as I hope it is to yours.