Thursday, June 4, 2009

Lukewarm Christians

I am reading an awesome book called "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan. I actually bought it not knowing anything about it - put it on my "to read" pile and forgot about it - then it was recommended to me by several people so I decided to pick it up and I have not regretted it. 1 week in and I am just about done.

One of the chapters I read yesterday was called the profile of the lukewarm. I'll be honest, it really got me to examine my heart on a couple of issues.

A few (yes, the book has even more) of the qualities of a lukewarm christian(as quoted from Crazy Love):

~ Lukewarm people attend church fairly regularly. It is what is expected of them, what they believe "good Christians" do, so they go. (Is. 29:13)

~ Lukewarm people give money to charity and to the church... as long as it doesn't impinge on their standard of living (1 Chron 21:24. Luke 21:1-4)

~ Lukewarm people tend to choose what is popular over what is right when they are in conflict. They desire to fit in both at church and outside of church. (Luke 6:26, Rev 3:1, Matt. 23:5-7)

~ Lukewarm people don't really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin . They don't genuinely hate sin and aren't truly sorry for it; they're merely sorry because God is going to punish them. Lukewarm people don't really believe that this new life Jesus offers is better than the old sinful one. (John 10:10, Rom 6:1-2)

~Lukewarm people are moved by stories about people who do radical things for Christ, yet they do not act.... Lukewarm people call "radical" what Jesus expected of all His followers. (James 1:22, James 4:17)

~ Lukewarm people rarely share their faith... they do not want to be rejected nor do they want to make people uncomfortable by talking about private things like religion. (Matt 10:32-33)

~Lukewarm people gauge their morality or "goodness" by comparing themselves to the secular world." (Luke 18:11-12)

~ Lukewarm people say they love Jesus, and He is, indeed a part of their lives. But only a part. They give Him a section of their time, their money, their thoughts, but He isn't allowed to control their lives. (Luke 9:57-62)

~Lukewarm people love others but do not seek to love others as much as they love themselves. (Matt 5:43-47, Luke 14:12-14)

~Lukewarm people think about life on earth much more often than eternity in heaven. Daily life is mostly focused on today's to-do list, this week's schedule, and next month's vacation. (Phil 3:18-20, Col 3:2)

~Lukewarm people feel ecure because they attend church, made a profession of faith at age twelve, were baptized, come from a Christian family, vote Republican, or live in America... we are not safe just because we wear the label Christian or because some people persist in calling us a "Christian nation" (Matt 7:21, Amos 6:1)

~ Lukewarm people do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they never have to.... the truth is their lives wouldn't look much different if they suddenly stopped believing in God. (Luke 12:16-21, Hebrews 11)

At the end of the chapter Chan said something even more profound to me, he said "there is a difference between a life that is characterized by these sorts of mentalities and habits and a life that is in the process of being radically transformed." It's time to take inventory and to repent and confess the attitudes and mindsets that are preventing you from serving God with all that you have.

Jesus has asked us to commit our LIVES to Him, and we're trying to get away with less.

(If you want to check out more about the book go to the Crazy Love Book webpage - there is an amazing video on there called "the awe factor of God" --- check it out)

1 comment:

Skye said...

WOW - I dont really have any other words WOW what an eye opener if that doesnt prick your heart you should take a pretty heavy look at yourself and see why!!