We are lukewarm people. I mean really. We live in a world where we hate being hot and we hate being cold. We want to be "warm" and "cool." You know, keep the thermostat at a comfortable 70 degrees.
We are no different spiritually. In fact, we are worse.
Let's get honest. We don't enjoy cold. We don't want to be far from God or out of His will. I mean, we're good people, right? We want Him happy with us. That's why we go to Church and try to be nice and decent people that loves and accepts everybody. We don't like being on His bad side. I mean, He's God, right? It helps to be on His good side.
On the flip side, we really don't want to be hot. I mean, who wants to be tagged as radical and old fashioned? Who wants to be a one-way-only person? We don't enjoy being extreme in our faith. We don't like making choices that force us to walk alone or that label us as intolerant. I mean, come on, let's bend a bit! Let's not be so tough, right?
Black and white aren't the only options! There's grey. That's a good, safe, comfortable color.
Living in grey makes it easy on us. It feels better. It's easy to snuggle up with. It doesn't burn us like the heat or freeze us like the cold. We can love like Jesus without adding judgement. We can make good choices without going overboard. We can be moral without the need to be holy. We can be good without having to be Godly. Grey makes it simple to please God and man.....right?
It bothers me that we not only live in a lukewarm mentality, we ENJOY it. Tell me, when did we forget that we serve a God who is a "black and white" God? When did we forget that there is no grey area? It's either His way or man's way. When did we forget that He is a God of absolutes. There's is no "Well, this is right, for ME." No. It's either His truth or no truth.
We don't like that. We would rather compromise. We would rather stay in our comfortable box of grey. You know, muddy the waters a bit. It won't hurt, right?
Our testimony is smudged with every yielding to self and every slight bow to the world. The music we listen to and support, the movies we watch and spend money on, the TV shows we fill our homes and minds with, the clothes we choose to wear, the drinks and other consumptions we pursue and justify, the lifestyles and anti-God choices we accept and allow, the holidays we rationalize, and the places we go to - it's all a reflection of the color we have chosen to live in. Our God demands that we get off the fense. Either we live in black or we live in white. Either we become hot or cold.
And so I ask you..... are you black and white? Or do you grey?
Revelation 3:14-19 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.