Posted by: susankayjones | September 22, 2011

one word sword.

so…the women’s ministry from our church has been reading francis chan’s “crazy love”…or “loco amor” for the guatemalteccas!

anyway…tuesday night, we discussed the chapter entitled “profile of the lukewarm”.

now—upon first glance, i thought to myself—well, i’m sure there are a few areas of my life that i live as a lukewarm christian, but probably not alot.

WAS. I. WRONG.

in reading some of his descriptions, i found my heart pierced by just one word: lukewarm. i found myself faced with the reality that i so infrequently ask God the question, “what do you want from me…today, this year, financially, with my time…and on and on.” i fail to ask…probably because i fear the response and pending crossroads of obedience vs. disobedience.

let me  invite you to be challenged by just a few of chan’s descriptions of lukewarm christianity that really slayed me.

  • Lukewarm people give money to charity and to the church…as long as it doesn’t impinge on their standard of living. If they have a little extra and it is easy and safe to give, they do so.
  • 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…
  • Lukewarm people are moved by stories about people who do radical things for Christ, yet they do not act. They assume such action is for the “extreme” Christians, not average ones. Lukewarm people call “radical” what Jesus expected of all His followers.
  •  Lukewarm people love others but do not seek to love others as much as they love themselves. Their love of others is typically focused on those who love them in return… There is little love leftover for those who cannot love them back, much less for those who intentionally slight them or with whom conversations are awkward or uncomfortable.
  • Lukewarm people will serve God and others, but there are limites to how far they will go or how much time, money and energy they are willing to give.
  • 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…rarely, if ever, do they intently consider the life to come.
  • Lukewarm people are thankful for their luxuries and comforts, and rarely consider trying to give as much as possible to the poor.
  • 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.
so….how’d you fare?
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Responses

  1. That last statement is extremely convicting.


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