Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Be Hot or Be Cold.

How many times do I need to to read Revelation 3:15-16 before I will allow its message to sink into my heart and clear my life of it's corruption?

[15] I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! [16] So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
Why is it that we think we can fool anyone, let alone God, with our face-valued love of God's holiness on a Sunday morning and a contempt for that very same holiness on a Friday night at the movies?  Why have we convinced ourselves that we can love God and everything he represents while at the same time love the world and its blockbuster -- profanity-inflated, sex-driven, violence-exulting, God-dishonoring platforms called, entertainment? 

When was the last time you stopped to think about the movies you watch or the music you listen to?  And I mean serious, heartfelt thinking about the spiritual value or significance of them.  Do they honor God?  Is there anyway the TV shows you watch for "entertainment" are in line with 1 Corinthians 10:31?  Is there any chance at all that CHRIST would sit down and watch "The Hangover" with you and your buddies and then laugh about & recite all the best (or to say it differently the most depraved) parts?

When did we lose our way Christians?  Christ is not honored in these things.  What we do, what we say, what we listen to and what we watch speak greatly on how we truly feel about God and his glory.  Wake up!  The world plays by a different set of rules.  This is the very lifestyle which Christ came and died to rescue us from.  When Christians run to the same sinful "entertainment" activities as the world, we are in some seriously rough waters as a church and a people.

Folks, this is not meant to be judgement.  This is meant to be a wake up call and a reality check.  Every Christian needs to examine their life and take a look at the sinful things which we still refuse to surrender to Christ.  The Bible is very clear in James 4:4, that "friendship with the world is enmity with God."  We can not love both the holiness of God and the sinfulness of worldly entertainment.  Stop lying to yourself.  You're the only one who believes that "it's no big deal" or "it's just for fun."  Take a moment to wrestle with these things.  Stop, just long enough, and allow God to speak to you through his word and the Holy Spirit.  I pray that we can all have our eyes opened to the fact that this is not something we should be flippant about, remembering that God "spits" the lukewarm person from his mouth.


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