Lukewarm = Indifference

Read: Revelation 3:14-22

In a recent newspaper column Cynthia M. Allen wrote an article entitled “Role of religion shrinking in modern America.” In her article she referred to many of the recent developments in our country and culture that indicate an indifference to God, faith, and religious freedom. After reading her words it brought to mind the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3.

This early church had become lukewarm and indifferent to the things of God. They created their own morals, relied on their own wealth, and seemed to find God as an insignificant part of their lives. The words of chapter 3 are fairly direct and make it clear that God is not pleased with their indifference. It says, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Obviously words like this would get their attention. Perhaps modern America needs to hear words like that as well. The further we push God, faith, religion, and morals away the more insignificant God will become in our communities and our country as a whole. That is not a good road to go down! Our culture may not be cold to the Lord right now but we are unfortunately getting much too close to being lukewarm and indifferent.

In verse 20 it says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Right before that it says, “So be earnest and repent.” Perhaps that is the point we are at? If we repent of these lukewarm and indifferent attitudes toward God we know that restoration and future blessings will follow. God is full of grace and forgiveness for those who turn to Him.

In the last verse of Revelation 3 it says, “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” My prayer is that our churches would rekindle the fire of passion for God and allow the Holy Spirit to bring real transformation to us, our communities, and hopefully to the culture around us. It needs to start with believers who are not content with lukewarm and indifferent attitudes toward God, Jesus, and the Bible. A hot fire can spread rapidly! May it start with us!

Make it personal: In what ways have you become lukewarm or indifferent toward God or your faith? Take some time this week to ask that question of yourself and of the Lord. Pray for a renewed passion to overtake your life and draw you closer to the creator and savior of the world we live in.

Have a great week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church