“So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16
Waiting in line at my favorite coffee shop today I notice two choices for drinks. Hot or cold. And while there are plenty of variations for delivering my shot of morning caffeine, one temperature not present is "lukewarm." Notice how this temperature is despised in the verse above - "I will spit you out of my mouth." There is something so detestable about it that it is force ejected like vomit from the taste buds. And why? Becuase it is a undesirable temperature not offered on the menu.
This verse is not a judgment pronounced on coffee, but on man and God's church in Laodicea. To be temperate and undesirable all you need to do is be apathetic. Choose to do nothing when your choices are good or evil. Choose to do nothing when you have the opportunity to speak and act. Choose to do nothing when you see injustice and sin. Choose to live in paralyzing fear when you know you stand up for what you believe.
Evil men are not the ones who are most adversely impacting our culture. It is God-fearing men who do nothing. Yet it will be God-fearing men that boldly speak the truth in love that will change homes, businesses, churches, governments, and the world - they choose but not indifference, apathy, silence or inaction. Apathy, inaction, and indifference in the face of injustice is the purest form of hate. It is also mankind's most treacherous sin.
"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them and do nothing." Albert Einstein
"We may have found a cure for most evils; but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings." Helen Keller
"The price of apathy toward public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." Plato
"To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it." Martin Luther King Jr.
DO THIS: Don't be pathetic by being apathetic today.
PRAYER: God, in my moment of indifference may I speak up and act.