“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” -Revelation 3:15-16
In the Bible, we often see the concept of “singular” being used to describe various aspects of God, His work, and His Kingdom. God sets Himself apart as the “one true God.” Jesus tells us to focus on Him alone in our lives. We are to avoid duplicity of heart and mind. And, are choices are to put us completely on the side of God, verses the side of Satan.
When it comes to our relationship with God, where we stand in life, and even whom we stand with, God is not into “fence sitting.”
Joshua admonished the people of Israel, “Choose this day whom you will serve…” Jesus got in the face of the Church of Laodicea and confronted their lukewarm state of heart and mind by essentially telling them that their indifferent attitude made Him want to vomit them out. Solomon asserted the counsel from God that you can’t have wisdom and walk with fools at the same time.
God is all about getting off the fence, embracing focus, choosing a stance, and sticking with it. You can’t turn a car that is in park. Yet, you can turn a car that is going the wrong direction. Going the wrong direction is bad, staying in park is worse.
Yet, we often find ourselves taking the middle ground with God, life, and people. At one moment we are out, the next moment we are in. One moment we are hot, the next minute we are cold. One minute we stand, the next minute we shrink back. Even worse than that, sometimes we are indifferent. We are neither here nor there, in or out, or hot or cold. We instead have found life in the middle ground where we have made a sport out of blowing chunks of lukewarm lameness. We fall for everything and therefore stand for nothing. We want to be something to everyone and therefore we stand with no one. We want the applause and approval of all, and therefore we never honor anyone or anything.
We have in fact become thermometers. Whatever the temperature is in the room we are in, that’s the temperature we become. Whoever gives us attention, gets our attention. What people believe in one moment is what we believe in that moment. We can be talked into just about anything and therefore we speak for nothing. If others are happy, we are happy. If things are going good, we feel good. We don’t set the tone, the values, the convictions, or the temperature like a thermostat. Rather, we simply adapt to whatever they are around us at any given moment, like a thermometer. We become temperature measurers, poll takers, acceptance readers, and rejection gaugers. While a thermostat is the same in any room it is placed, a thermometer changes no matter what room it’s in. That’s life in middle ground, blowing chunks of lukewarm splendor.
We say one thing to one person, another to another person. We smile to their face, only to turn the corner and giggle at their demise. The fear of rejection, failure, and resistance has caused us to become comfortably numb. Instead of “yes” or “no” we nest our lives and relationships on, “maybe, just this once, well o.k., lets see what happens, it’s harmless, I’m just being nice, it’s no big deal, I’m sure they didn’t mean it”
We try to play the middle ground because our culture has told us it’s the highest ground. Yet, the truth is the middle ground is in fact the lowest ground.
The middle ground isn’t waiting, it’s hiding. It’s not pausing for the right decision, it’s the harboring of indecision. It’s not giving the benefit of the doubt, it’s the refusal to act on discernment. It’s not being a peacemaker, it’s the peacekeeping declaration of peace where there is no peace. It’s not being compassionate and understanding where it’s due, it’s being an enabler and selfish coward when it’s not.
The middle ground has caused more misery to God, our lives and relationships than standing on the wrong side ever has.
Hear a word from the Lord, “No fence sitting allowed!” The middle ground is the lowest ground, with God, in life, and in our relationships.
Let your “Yes” be “Yes” and your “No” be “No.” Don’t become the lukewarm vomit God wants to spit out of His mouth!
Here’s a new spiritual slogan for you, “Blowing Chunks Blows”