“So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”(Revelation 3:16 NIV)
This morning, my daughter told me about a “Christian” concert some of friends recently attended. One of them told her ‘It was great concert. The music was Christian music but it was still very secular’.
While I think I know what she means, her statement brings up a dilemma in the western church, particularly the ones in the United States. We love to skate as close to the world without getting stained. God, however, doesn’t see it that way.
Christ tells the Laodicea they are ‘lukewarm’: that he has no use for them because they are worldly. They serve no purpose whatsoever.
According to many scholars, the area around Laodicea was known for two things: it warm refreshing waters that supposedly contained healing properties, and its very cold spring water know for its purity. People from all over the world supposedly came to the area for what those waters reportedly provided.,
However, the area where the two sources met was a mixture of lukewarm water; it was too cold to provide any healing properties and too warm to be a cold refreshing drink. Therefore, it was of no use whatsoever.
Our responsibilities as disciples of Jesus is to keep ourselves pure from the world, even hating the stain of sin. Mature disciples see the evil the world presents and disciplines themselves through God’s Spirit to see all things through the eyes of Jesus Christ. We can’t escape the world by living in a commune or hiding in the desert. No, we are called to be light and salt. However, we can’t be salt or light if we dabble close to the darkness. It’s either dark or light. Refreshing or cold. There is not a “twilight” area.
We lose many spiritual battles simply because we ride the fence. We claim our love for Christ…as long as it does not interfere with what we really like.
May we continue to mature in the light of Christ, denying the world and embracing our roles as warm waters with healing properties, or cold waters that provide relief from the hot and fiery darts of the evil one.