As I journeyed on this week, looking over Church History, and the last church that Christ Jesus had a message for – Laodicea – my heart just sank at its lowest level, realizing that this church was (and is) a SWAMP. Yes, that word has become quiet popular in the past couple of years as a description of what our Government has become. Yes, right here in America.
We have become so focused upon the “rights of the people,” that we no longer even look at what is right and just and true. It describes what many churches have also become – A Swamp.
Let’s take a look at the Scriptures about the Church at Laodicea:
Revelation 3:14-22 – The Message to the Church in Laodicea
Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation: “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.” (NLT)
Laodicea means, “the rights of the people.” Sadly, that is where as a Nation and as Believers in churches today, we see our focus on that – social justice. What happened to the Gospel that was to be preached for salvation – making us all equal in the sight of God? How far have we fallen?
Well, we have found ourselves in the swamp – swimming around in all the lukewarm water with a stench to it. Yes, it makes God sick too!
This church era started in the 1900’s – doesn’t seem so long ago.
Jesus stands at the door and he is knocking – will you let him in? Have we become indifferent to him? Have we lost sight of what we are to be doing?
Democracy has become a bad joke in America. I am thinking we need to be safe from democracy that we are seeing cultivated in the Houses of Government. It is okay to be offended by everything and everyone today. Our Leaders have a hidden agenda using the term “social justice,” and it is catching up to us. Freedom is flowing down into the swamp. Will you flow with it?
In some of our churches, we are seeing “social justice” as the makeup of the body. It wouldn’t be so bad if it was biblical social justice, but we are seeing man making up the rules as they go along and silencing Jesus in the process. That my friends, is what God is calling out in these verses. Reminding us that the end of times is coming upon us; and look at us – lukewarm – and God saying he will spit us out of his mouth. He is reminding us that we do need him because all the wealth in the land will not save us from doom up ahead. Get it right; accept what he is offering – because one day soon – he will stop offering.
Without the Gospel, there is no social justice. The swamp is rising – what will you do?
He continues to knock and asks for us to open the door that he may come in. We must open that door up before it is too late – before it has all gone to swamp land.
Heavenly Father, What will it take? When will we say that “enough is enough?” Oh Father, how saddened you are by our indifferences to you. Lord, have we forgotten what the Gospel has to say? Have we made up our own rules and justices? When will you stop knocking? Father, forgive me for my part in this mess; open my eyes and my ears to hear you knocking – to hear what the Holy Spirit has to say to the churches. May we rise up above the stench and seek Truth – seek to be obedient to Your Calling. I love you, Lord. I ask this in Christ Jesus’ name, Amen. And Amen.
I am so thankful that we also have churches today that are like the Church in Philadelphia. Let us not grow weary in seeking Truth.