Summer Snippet 11: Is it better to love or hate God?

Is the church becoming lax? Are we forgetting we serve a holy God? Are we forgetting that man looks at the outward appearance by the Lord looks at the heart?

I wonder.

I have been talking to a lot of young people lately about their views on sex, or engaging in other forms of what the Bible would call sexual impurity. It feels like the many Christian young adults in my area of the country don’t think it’s a big deal to have sex outside of marriage as long as the couple is “getting married anyway,” or because “everybody does it now and it’s a different generation.”

Such Christian young people attend church occasionally, read their Bibles a bit, are seeking a college education and respectable jobs. Compared to prisoners on death row or individuals addicted to drugs, they certainly look like they have life together. Maybe it’s their youth, but everyone one of them looks beautiful to me.

I see this type of person throughout the church these days, but you know what I don’t see?  I don’t see many people concerned about our young people just “kinda sorta” walking with God, but I am very concerned.

What does God think?

So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:16

God says riding on a fence with one foot in and one foot out is worse than being stone-cold toward Him.


From everything I understand, God would rather have people off the fence, either to one side or the other, than to straddle both sides. I think the church needs to be careful.

Coldhearted people don’t typically attend church, but lukewarm people do.

I wonder how many times we assume someone is doing fine, when he or she is not doing well. I wonder if we tend to relax as long as people are measuring up to society’s standards of success in beauty and accomplishment.

God could care less.

So is it better to love God, or hate God? It’s better to love God, of course. But the more relevant question is whether it’s better to hate God or be lukewarm.

Picture Explanation: My husband and I turned 26 years old this week. I was living a lukewarm brand of Christianity when I met him. I am so thankful that God got a hold of my heart on my 32nd birthday and I started to live with Jesus as my Lord and Savior, not just my Savior. I haven’t looked back yet. Folks, let’s be praying. Don’t be fooled by what looks good on the outside.

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2 Responses

  1. Happy Belated Anniversary! Glory to God for 26 years! Thank you for your word on being Lukewarm. That is important to ponder. May it not be so in my own life!

    1. I have been pondering the lukewarm concept all week. I wonder if, as a parent, I get more concerned when I see the cold than the lukewarm. My senses are heightened. Thinking.

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