Written By Eddie Vines
Eddie Vines is a former Jefferson county Judge and currently serves as President of Faith Fortress Ministries
In the United States most people don’t think of themselves as wealthy but by global standards Americans are very well off. As a matter of fact, most of us are so accustomed to measuring our personal comfort and success by looking at our immediate neighbors, it can be a major shock to learn that there are a billion people on Earth who scrape by on a dollar a day. My intention in writing this is not to shame anyone for having money and possessions but simply to caution followers of Christ against the dangers of becoming too comfortable.
In the book of Revelation we read Christ’s letter to the church at Laodicea wherein he warned them that because they were lukewarm he would “spew” them out of his mouth. Take note, it wasn’t open rebellion that earned these church members such a harsh rebuke but rather the fact that they were trying to follow Jesus and placate the Pagan authorities at the same time.
The church at Laodicea was located on a well-travelled trade route and its members were making good livings. Consequently, they were very comfortable. Emperor Domitian had begun to increase the pressure on Christian congregations to acknowledge the gods of Rome or suffer the consequences. These consequences may have included martyrdom but at the very least would have restricted the violator’s ability to conduct business. Because these Laodicean Christians had begun to compromise, Jesus was sickened.
In the United States, we have a similar problem. Our high standard of living has brought about a comfort level that makes it increasingly difficult to stand up for biblical truth without jeopardizing the enjoyable, lives we lead.
As Christians, we must strive to develop the type of faith that A.W. Tozer described as a “living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commands of Christ”.