A recent letter warned of the consequences of being “lukewarm” defining marriage, taking the phrase “lukewarm” from Revelation 3:15-17.
The passage in Revelation has nothing to do with legislating morality. It has to do with the purpose and vitality of the church.
The letter was written to the church in Laodicea which is between Hierapolis, a therapeutic hot springs town, and Colossae, known for its invigorating cold water springs. Laodicea was neither hot nor cold but lukewarm. It is neither a source of healing nor a source of energizing refreshment.
The last phrase of the Revelation passage is really significant. “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”
John’s letter to Laodicea could be readily forwarded to the church of America, which has become a politically attuned organization rather than a Christ-like organization to heal and refresh.
— Jack Given, Burns Harbor