“So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth”. – Revelation 3:16
To be lukewarm is to be non-committal, to have no fear or respect for who and what God is. The Lord’s love and wisdom is all powerful in universe; to be lukewarm is a fools game. Yet, by His divine order He leaves in freedom to choose. Also, by His divine order – no one gets away with being neutral to God, that is a vain impossibility. Being lukewarm is a matter of will, and our will by nature favors God or not. To think we can be in between is being Lukewarm – which the Lord compares to vomit. To presume to be neutral is an illusion, a farce; it pretends to be passive and objective, but with God this is not possible; it is really an act of the will to avoid. To be lukewarm is to deny the relevance of God in life so that one does not have to take responsibility for their actions even for the state of their soul. Those who do this can’t help but use the pseudo philosophy of relativizing. Relativizing is an external minded way of looking at everything, where all points of views are made of equal value, and by this they can justify anything. Children do this when they say something like’ ‘Tommy did it so I should be able to to’. In this false philosophy reason becomes the servant of emotion which quickly becomes the servant of hell.
This syndrome often goes along with trauma, but it is a negative response to trauma, which causes it to be a deep root rut in the psyche. We do well to be very understanding toward trauma for it is difficult and often unjust, but at some point one must seek forgiving within themself. God understand the difficulty but asks us to examine ourself. Healing from trauma requires compassion and understanding, but relativizing separates insight and feeds the negative because it is a cut-off, and shut down from responding and learning. This blocks healing. Relativizing is designed to insulate pain and protect against connection and growth. But the pain doesn’t go anywhere. It stays and perpetuates denial and leads to narcissism.
In truth all good doctrine, religion, spirituality and philosophy is based on the principle of union. The root of this truth comes from the Lord – wherein lays the Holy union (marriage) of his divine body and divine soul. Thus, from Him proceeds the cause and pattern of all truth – which is to seek union between our love and intelligence. For instance, with a person in the state of good the love and wisdom in their heart shines from their face and eyes, and thus it is apparent to all with sense that that person is in harmony. With those who are lukewarm it is the opposite; they put a wedge between the primary affections in their heart and the look on their face in order to hide and deflect. The Lukewarm separate love and wisdom – which is also the goal of hell.
To be vomited out of the mouth of the Lord is to be rejected from the body of Christ, and thus the kingdom of heaven.
As human beings we are made in such a way that we must have something reliable to trust in life. It is innate to the life breath and health of our body mind and soul. To do so we must reach-out of our own will, we must show we are ‘either for or against’ God. God can always be trusted, under all circumstances, so in the end whether it be easy or hard – there is no excuse for not reaching to Him.
Our identity fully comes into being when we are willing to stand for something good, to put our whole self into it. By this we lay many evils to the wayside and become a more whole person.