Profiles of the “Lukewarm” (Part 2) – by Francis Chan

LUKEWARM PEOPLE think about life on earth much more often than eternity in heaven.  Daily life is most focused on today’s to-do list. Rarely, if ever do they consider the life to come. (See Philippians 3:18-20)

LUKEWARM PEOPLE are thankful for their luxuries and comforts, and rarely consider trying to give as much as possible to the poor. They are quick to point out, “Jesus never said money is the root of all evil, only that the love of money is.” Untold numbers of lukewarm people feel “called” to minister to the rich; very few feel “called” to minister to the poor. (See Matthew 25:34,40)

LUKEWARM PEOPLE do whatever is necessary to keep themselves from feeling too guilty.  They want to do the bare minimum, to be “good enough” without requiring too much of them. They ask, “How far I can go before it’s considered a sin?” (See 1 Chronicles 29:14)

LUKEWARM PEOPLE are continually concerned with playing it safe; they are slaves to the god of control. This focus on safe living keeps them from sacrificing and risking for God.  (See 1 Timothy 6:17-18)

LUKEWARM PEOPLE feel secure because they attend church, made a profession of faith at age twelve, were baptized, come from a Christian family, vote Republican, or live in America. Just as the prophets in the Old Testament warned Israel that they were not safe just because they lived in the land of Israel, so we are not safe just because we wear the label Christians or because some people persist in calling us a “Christian nation.” (See Matthew 7:21)

LUKEWARM PEOPLE do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they don’t have to.  They don’t’ have to trust God if something unexpected happens – they have their savings account. They don’t need God to help them—they have their retirement plan in place.  They don’t genuinely seek out what life God would have them live—they have life figured out and mapped out. They don’t depend on God on a daily basis – their refrigerators are full and, for the most part, they are in good health. The truth is, their lives wouldn’t look much different if they suddenly stopped believing in God. (See Luke 12:16-21)

LUKEWARM PEOPLE probably drink and swear less than average, but besides that, they really aren’t very different from your typical unbeliever. They equate their partially sanitized lives with holiness, but they couldn’t be more wrong. (See Matthew 23:25-28)

 Copied from chapter 4 of Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love.

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