Living in Laodicea—The Church, Part 7a


One of my favorite Christian musicians when I was younger was Steve Camp (never mind that I was banned from his blog a few years ago—that is another whole story! 😮 ). In the early 1980’s he had a song out called “Living in Laodicea.” As I was thinking about writing this last segment of my latest Church series, that song title popped into my head. I decided to take a look at the lyrics and see if it encapsulated what I wanted to say about the warnings in Revelation 3 to the church in Laodicea.

Some time early in my adulthood, I heard a sermon that seemed to tie the church in America with the church in Laodicea, so I always paid a little more attention to the verses directed to that body. Only recently did I realize that the warnings to the other churches, and the commendations, could be equally informative—and should be.

Still, I feel like I’m on familiar territory when it comes to the warnings to this church. So I’ll introduce the topic today and spend more time on it tomorrow (God willing).

If you’re interested in hearing the Steve Camp song, or reading all the lyrics, you can find it here. I want to give you a flavor. The following is the second verse followed by the chorus:

We have turned from Your Law to try to find a better way
Each man does today what is right in his own eyes
We will pay the price for our sinning
We can never know true living, we’ve exchanged His truth for lies

For we’ve been living in Laodicea
And the fire that once burned bright, we’ve let it grow dim
And the very Word we swore that we would die for all has been forgotten
As the world’s become my friend

Here’s the crux of the warning to the Laodicean Christians: stop being lukewarm. In a graphic manner, Christ, speaking through John, says the not-hot-not-cold Christians made him want to puke.

He goes on to say that at the heart of their lukewarm-ness was their false sense of security:

Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eyesalve to anoint your eyes, that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent.

Well, OK, then. Yes, I think there’s more to say on this subject.

Published in: on December 10, 2008 at 2:34 pm  Comments (6)  
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