Be Hot Or Cold

Updated on November 9, 2019
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Nathaniel Stalling Jr is Pastor of Burning Bush Temple of Christ Church.

We Should Not Hesitate To Do Good

What makes the time we live in now more dangerous than anytime in recent history? For a nation there are few things more dangerous than complacency. We have heated debates about health care, climate change, guns, opioids, even patriotism. We even argue about the rules we use to argue. Over time we become callous to the real substance of what we are arguing about. Pastor Mark Ballenger makes a very good point about this subject when he says this: The Danger of Complacency Is that It Causes Us to Live Off Our Past Victories. Christians are to seek Christ, and when we do, he causes us to have victories. The danger comes when we begin to rely on our past victories rather than Christ. Complacency tempts us to remember our past laurels while we should be looking ahead to the next battle God wants us to win.

So often we can experience the power of God in our lives and then assume because he acted like that in the past, he will always do the same in the future. We begin to become comfortable in our faith in a bad way (complacent) when we think of the past and then no longer seek God in the present and future.

When we neglect our prayer life other things follow. When two people stand together they are stronger than one. If they are divided their strength is cut in half. Complacency keeps us from exercising our spiritual muscle. Our mental capacity shrinks when we don't use it.

The Danger of Christian Complacency You’re Only as Powerful as Your Current Prayer Life by Mark Ballenger.

We should continue to look for guidance from the Lord and not give space or time to complacency. It is said, look what someone spend their money on and you'll know what they value. I say look what we spend our time on and you'll know what we value.

We Are More Divided Than Ever

I once heard, and I’m paraphrasing, that evil will triumph when good men and/or women do nothing. I don’t won’t to be one of those who assist evil to triumph, so I am compelled to do and/or say something. I am reminded of this scripture:

“So, any person who knows what is right to do but does not do it, to him it is sin”. James 4:17 AMP

Many of us are grappling with this very issue even now. As a nation we are more divided now than any time in recent memory. There have always been a level of political partisanship in the country that would spur tension every now and again. We were always able to work through it. But now, I believe complacency, regarding the guardrails of our democracy, have found us sleeping.

We need to wake up! Put our hands to the wheel and right this ship. We are heading for self-destruction; waiting for someone else to fix it. Well, guess what? We are it! No one is coming to save us. We need to snap out of this self-induced slumber and save our country. No one person can save us. We will have to do it together. We rise or fall together.

Our survival is bigger than politics. It’s not about Republicans or Democrats. It’s about Americans, period. We cannot allow anyone, foreign or domestic to pull us so far apart that we can’t defend ourselves.

We Are Our Brother/Sisters' Keeper

We are our brother/sisters' keeper. We can and should care for each other. I know the times have changed and, fear runs rampant through our neighborhoods, but like the Lord says: "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world". John 16:33 AMP

I will end with this very sobering scripture and hope that it wakes us to do the right thing:

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold (invigorating, refreshing) nor hot (healing, therapeutic); I wish that you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless), and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust]. Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have prospered and grown wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked [without hope and in great need] ...” Revelation 3:15-17 AMP.


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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      7 months ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you Cristine for your contribution to this hub.

      God bless,

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      Cristine Santander 

      7 months ago from Manila

      Great article, that presents great insights to ponder on. Thanks for this great reminder.

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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      8 months ago from Detroit, MI

      I appreciate you WBA 108, your insight and spiritual awareness is refreshing. Thank you.

      God Bless,

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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      8 months ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you WBA 108 for your contribution to this topic.

      God Bless,

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      8 months ago from upstate, NY

      I agree complacency and division are dangerous, liberty in America is hanging by a thread and we dare not make a god out of the government. Our political leaders usually reflect the spiritual climate created by the people. Politics are usually downstream from popular culture.

      The people of faith need to be engaged in politics. In the past church has been absent from political issues and as a result, evil has filled the void.

      As you mentioned, politics alone can't save us, that would be making a god out of the government. As government grows liberty shrinks. This has been evident throughout history because absolute power corrupts, absolutely. In America, the division of power has preserved liberty but the expansion of government dependency and power in the past century has threatened our freedoms.

      Instead of two sexes, the law is promoting dozens of sexual orientations. The enemy always looks to confuse a person's identity and no matter what the reasons given, that is the result of this drive.

      Abortions are seen as murder in the eyes of God but yet it's being promoted as a women's right. How can God bless a nation that has promoted the killing of 50 million children with a disproportion of them being black? The founder of planned parenthood promoted abortion as a method to keep the black population in check, insidious!

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      8 months ago from upstate, NY

      You're so right, it is a dangerous time, the country is very divided. Just because the economy is fairly good is no reason for complacency. Division is at times necessary to separate good and evil, the darker the spiritual climate, the brighter the light shines on God's true people.

      And as you said, our problems are larger than politics, political leaders tend to reflect the condition of those they lead. They say politics is downstream from the prevailing culture.


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