Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Nothing like a coffee break, especially in the dead of winter. It is nice to warm up a little before either hitting the cold warehouse floor again, or going out into the frigid flat yard to chain down a sheet of plate steel. At this time of year, it stands to reason that very few would appreciate a cup of cold coffee or an iced latte.
Oddly, the Bible has something to say about hot and cold. However, this is a direct criticism of a church. Specifically, the church of Laodicea, which had become rather lukewarm about their faith. Seems that Christianity had just become just another religion of the region and those who were part of it were rather mediocre at best. In modern terms, we would call such people “nominal” Christians. However, it would seem that Christ Jesus, who is the one speaking to the church via the disciple John, is less than thrilled with this.
Indeed, Jesus says very plainly “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Yep, Jesus makes it pretty clear that he despises lukewarm Christianity the way many despise a cold cup of coffee. Before being too harsh, bear in mind that the people of Laodicea were quite content. They were so content, they had become blind to their need for salvation. Sadly, this is the state of the modern church, especially the mega-churches.
The Christian faith is not a passive faith. No. It is an active faith, which we must live daily. We must live in daily repentance and contrition. We must seek the serve God actively, both through our professional vocation and our avocational activities. This could mean providing the means for a pastor to visit those in prison. It could be by giving to a local food or clothing bank, especially during this time of year, when the need is especially great. Yet, we do this not as a law or command, but become of our love for Christ, who loved us first and died upon the cross that we could live.
A cold cup of coffee in the middle of winter is quite detestable. A cold hearted Christian simply is not a Christian. Indeed, Christian nominalism is not Christianity. Such a person needs to repent.
A warm cup of coffee is like a warm hearted Christian, a welcomed and genuine blessing, especially in the cold and frigid storms of life.
Are you hot, cold, or lukewarm? One is serving, one is teachable, the last is detestable. Which are you?