The Gospel Community (small group) I am in at Soma is currently working our way through Crazy Love by Francis Chan. In chapter 4 there is a list of the 10 signs you might be lukewarm (half hearted about being Christian).
- Lukewarm people attend church regularly, because that’s what good Christians do.
- Lukewarm people give money to charity and church…as long as it is safe and easy to do so.
- Lukewarm people tend to choose what is popular over what it right in a conflict.
- Lukewarm people don’t really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin.
- Lukewarm people are moved by stories about people who do radical things for Christ, yet they do not act.
- Lukewarm people rarely share their faith with their neighbours, coworkers or friends.
- Lukewarm people gauge their morality or “goodness” by comparing themselves to the secular world.
- Lukewarm people say they love Jesus, and He is, indeed, a part of their lives. But only a part.
- Lukewarm people love God, but they do not love Him with all their heart, soul and strength.
- Lukewarm people love others, but do not seek to love others as much as they love themselves.
It’s not quite the list I would have had, but then that’s why it was good for me to test myself against it. I would have had something about how people pray and what they pray for, their attitude to loving (not just reading) the Word, the desire to serve in church rather than just ‘coast’. But you might want to take some time to think about this list.
Admittedly, some of the list I could say “that’s not me”. But most of the list I found myself saying “that’s not me…sometimes”. It is easy to try and justify it or to attack the list and say “that’s being judgemental” and “that’s not really realistic”. But is it? Isn’t this kind of radical self-sacrifice what Jesus is calling us to live? Isn’t this what it means to pick up our cross?
What is on your list of what it means to be lukewarm?