Not Hot Or Cold
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 on the menu is "lukewarm." Notice how this temperature is despised in the verse above—"I will spit you out of my mouth." It's something so detestable that it is force ejected like vomit from the mouth. And why? Because it is an undesirable temperature.
This verse is not a judgment on tepid coffee but on man and the "lukewarm" church of Laodicea. To be tepid, all you need to do is nothing. 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 people are not the ones who are most adversely impacting our world. It's God-fearing men who do nothing. Yet it will be God-fearing men that boldly speak the truth in love that change homes, businesses, churches, governments, and the world—men who choose not indifference, apathy, silence, or inaction.
"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 apathetic today.
PRAYER: God, in my moment of indifference, may I speak up and act.