‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back, is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’ Luke 9:62
We do not know who had cried out to God because of the grievous sins of the people in Sodom and Gomorrah, but God had heard the outcry of the just (Genesis 18:21). God’s righteous judgment could not be postponed any longer. The people had had the chance to repent but they were not willing (Luke 13:34).
But before God’s judgment was carried out, the righteous were led out. Alas, there was only one. But with the righteous, God always includes someone's house, the people belonging to him. Lot’s sons-in-law did not want to belong to his house and rejected him (:14).
If people - who want to serve God - will not let go of the unrighteousness of this world, they will perish with it, their house with them. This is what the history of Lot teaches us. Besides, the entire Bible warns us for this, ‘Come out from them and be separate ...Touch no unclean thing!’ (2 Corinthians 6:17).
In order to be able to come out and be separate from all unrighteousness of this world, Jesus offers us His redemption (John 8:36). But we will find no deliverance if we do not want to be set free completely from everything that Jesus has redeemed us from.
Whoever believes in redemption through Jesus Christ, but does not enter the kingdom of God whole-heartedly, becomes a lifeless pillar of salt, just like Lot’s wife. She was saved with Lot, but she was still too tied up with the life she needed to leave behind and she had too little trust in what God offered her. If we miss that radical attitude that Lot and his daughters had, then we become lifeless pillars, in spite of our redemption from sin. Then our life also brings no salvation for the city of Zoar where God has taken us (:21).