Mr. Bowles mentioned in the last post “In America, the problems start in the universities, where the “snowflake generation” see their liberal world disintegrate about them!” he also said ” Are students really demanding “safe places” and “safe zones” where they will be sheltered from anything that remotely offends them? The short answer is – yes! Surely this is the most fragile and thin-skinned generation ever? When you read the following article, be aware that members of this “snowflake generation” are tomorrow’s leaders!”
Brethren we are destined to be tomorrow’s leaders in the Kingdom of God! Could this be describing the Laodicean generation of God’s people/church? Think about it, here is a generation of people whom God says, think that they have need of nothing.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; ……..
Could we be so sure of ourselves that we refuse to see anything that might upset our vaulted opinion of our worthiness? God says in the scripture above that BECAUSE we think that way, He is going to Spew us out of His mouth.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
He goes on to say that even though we think we have all that we need, we are in fact “wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked”.
Rev 3:17 ………… and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
The old adage about “there are none so blind as those who will not see” is certainly at work with many of the people of Laodicea.
This brings us back to this “Snowflake Generation” who are so sensitive about the fact that others may not share their world view. People that are so upset about the election among other things that they want to establish safe places where no one is allowed to present views that collide with their own. I could go on and on with examples of this phenomenon but I want to see how this might apply to our own situation in the churches of God.
This certainly isn’t taught from our point of view. We are not taught as people of God that the world we live in should be a safe place and yet many of our people tend to congregate in church groups and affiliations where they are not allowed to associate with brethren who believe the same almost the same as they do. They have placed themselves in “safe places” where contrary thought or expression is not allowed.
They think that because of the knowledge they have been given and because of the “safety” their group employs that they truly have need of nothing else. Yet God says many are blind and naked. Vulnerable if you will.
It is my thought that because of the “scattering” of the large core group that taught us originally that many of us rather than think through what God may want from us in this ERA, are in reality trying to seek a safe haven if you will, where they can depend on someone else to do their thinking for them and to protect them from other ideas from their brothers and sisters in the overall body of Christ.
It’s not that there is anything truly wrong with any of the groups except when they do not allow fellowship with brethren outside their groups. The fault is in the reasoning for why they attend where they do. Are they seeking a safe zone? Does God want us to seek safety in this time of scattering or does He wish us to learn to stand on our own, to learn to think on our own and not depend so much on others to think for us.
The job of the ministry is to do just that. To teach us how to think. To teach us how to be teachers. But way to many of us have stopped trying to learn, to grow, to defeat sin within us and have become content with what we have. That is deadly! We have become a snowflake generation of the church of God. We are so protected and so sure of ourselves that like a snowflake the slightest heat will destroy us. We haven’t been taught how to survive.
No wonder God tells us to go and buy gold tried in the fire.
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Our Calling is a “vocation” it is a job that we must be learning to do. Take a moment to read this portion of Ephesians 4 that shows us how to walk worthy of that “vocation”.
Eph 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
Eph 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Eph 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Not separate groups – one body
Eph 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Eph 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Eph 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Eph 4:9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
Eph 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
The ministry is there to help perfect us not protect us. We are learning to survive in a hostile world. Not be protected from not only the world but our own brethren.
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Are we struggling with ourselves to come to the stature of the FULNESS of CHRIST? Or are we just warming a bench in church content that we are protected from any outside opinion that might shows us that we need to change to rise up and begin to do the work wherein we were called.
Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
We are to be trained to NOT BE tossed about by every wind of doctrine. Not necessarily protected from it.
Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
WE are to grow up to rise up if you will and become the leaders we are destined to be. Get out there and buy that Gold tried in the fire while there is still time.
Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Every one of us is important to the body as a whole. Like the parable of the talents we need to be working at this job and increasing those talents not hiding them by clinging to our Snowflake generation safe places.
Indeed overall Laodicea seems to be the “Snowflake Generation” of the Church ERA’s seeking safe places rather than going about the Job that God has called us to do. Remember this admonition of Paul;
Straining Toward the Goal
Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
The church of God should not be considered a safe place for a protected and spoiled people but rather a training ground for a generation of Spiritual Warriors. Men and Women of Valor being trained to take their places in the soon coming Kingdom of God.
This is what the Knock of Jesus Christ is all about brethren. We are to wake up to Rise up like that sleepy virgin of SO
S chapter 5. Christ is Knocking, we best get up while there is still time.
Christ tells us;
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.