14“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:
15‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. 17‘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, 18I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19‘Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. 20‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'” (Revelation 3:14-22)
Many have said that the condition of the church in the U.S. today resembles the condition of the church in Laodicea. That’s an assessment that is increasingly difficult to disagree with. No one can deny that far too many churches in America today proclaim something other than Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have ministers preaching sermons on spandex, homosexuals being ordained into the ministry, theologians proclaiming a so-called red letter version of the gospel, what ever that is; others teaching a social gospel, a liberation theology, a black-liberation theology, even a green eco-friendly theology. Why even some of the music played in churches today isn’t fit for a bar full of drunks.
If that’s not bad enough, and it is, now some pastors intend on actively defying the law of the land by endorsing political candidates from their pulpit. Now I ask you, which political party has a platform of sufficient importance to take precedence over the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Which politician, man or woman, is good enough to be “endorsed” from the pulpit? Which political issue is greater than the proclamation of the Word of God in our churches?
It is little wonder that Jesus has to “stand at the door and knock”, there’s not enough room for Him inside many churches in America today.
We may think we are rich and wealthy but really we are “wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked”!