So this chapter is a hard verse to write about on its own merits. Not because it’s bad, or extremely complex, but Pretty much the opposite. It’s a very well written, straight forward chapter, with little space for interpretation. So this piece will be more expanding on the problems of lukewarm Christianity. This chapter starts with this quote.
“It is not scientific doubt, not atheism, not pantheism, not agnosticism, that in our day and in this land is likely to quench the light of the gospel. It is a proud, sensuous, selfish luxurious, church-going, hollow-hearted prosperity”
This is such a powerful opening to the chapter, because it’s so true. It’s not our enemies that are stuffing our light as the body of Christ, but those wearing the cross without taking theirs up. The most damaging thing we can be as people of god, is lukewarm. Because our enemies may slander us with untrue words, those of the world may accuse us of some horrible things, but it’s those that are lukewarm that show these lies to have some sort of merit.
We go on to talk about a problem that is apparently found in American churches according to Francis Chan. I can’t say how true this is being a man from the UK rather than the states, but i can say this is a problem here also, and that’s worrying more about the number of people in the church than how many actually know the Lord. As Francis puts it ” we gauge the success of an event by how many people attend or came forward. We measure churches by how many members they boast” and this is a real problem.
See, i’m of the belief that, when we get to heaven, that God isn’t going to greet us with a lifetime expectancy of how many people came to know him through us, that God is going to say “Luke, i’m sorry but i set a quota of you to help save 200 people, yet you’re only in the 40’s, so i’m sorry but you’re getting demoted to the pit.” This is not to say that trying to bring people to Christ isn’t important, because it is, we are called to make disciples of all nations. However, it’s not about the number of people who go to church, or turn up for a conference here and there, but those that truly love Jesus and want to seek him.
Because most of this chapter is explaining what it is to be “lukewarm” in faith, i’m going to list some of the symptoms of the fire of Christ not burning its brightest in our hearts. so i’m going to name a few of these symptoms, but this is a case needing to buy the book to truly get the intended impact of this chapter.
Some of these include:
Going to church because it’s “the Christian thing to do”
Giving money to the church or charity but not if it impacts your life
Going along with what others tell them because it is popular, but not right
Not wanting to actually slay their sin, but live in it because their salvation
being moved by a story of faith but not willing to be apart of their own
Not sharing their faith with others because they are comfortable where they are and content with what they have
There are plenty of other examples given in this book, and all of them are common. This is not to say that i do not struggle with some of these issues, because i do. And i know many others do too.
But if we are to reignite the fire of the Lord in this would, we need to light the fire in our hearts once more, we need to be people who are on fire for the living God every waking moment of our lives, “God in my living, God in my breathing” this is more than just a song but a call for us as people of the Lord to live for him and his will, and push our own fears and agendas aside.
So something i want to do is build up a support network for us that do struggle with these things, so we may be honest in our sin and with our brothers and sisters, and actually be on fire for him once more. If you’re interested in this please let me know in the comments, but as always
Keep reading and May God Bless you.