In the world but not of it

April 23, 2010

Hot or cold…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! Revelation 3:15-16

Shortly after the term “political correctness” became popular there was another term that followed not too long afterwards; tolerance…

To be politically correct has more to do with not offending someone by the way you say something, whereas tolerance is about not offending someone, period.

While you might think that these two terms are similar, think again. They could not be more different especially as to how they are used in the church today or amongst Christians. There is little cost to us to be politically correct. We simply need to be careful about what we say and how we say it and for most people this is not too difficult.

When it comes to tolerance, however, the cost can be great. This passage from Revelation was addressed to the church in Laodicea, which was a thriving and wealthy community. Their needs were met, their social structure was intact, and the church was rich also.

Wealth and/or material possessions can give someone feelings of confidence, satisfaction and security. At the same time it brings with it complacency. The wealth does not need to be much or the material possessions many for these false feelings to occur; it is all relative to the person or organization that has it. The point is that when we, our community, our church have things just right we don’t want to disrupt them.

It is much easier to tolerate sin or bad behavior. It is much easier to tolerate profanity or unedifying speech. It is much easier to tolerate people’s desire for more even if more means disrupting the work of God. It is much easier to do all this and more than it is to be hot or cold.

People love mediocrity. They love their comfort zones and the danger for all of us is that if we don’t draw a line in the sand now on how we will live for Christ then the wind will blow and the line will blur…

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