Many years ago the group Petra recorded a song that said, “Don’t let you heart be hardened. Don’t let your love grow cold”. These words are in reference to Matthew 24:12. Jesus is talking about signs pointing toward the end of time.
- Verse 9 talks about widespread persecution. In America this is becoming more of a trend. In some other countries Christian persecution is at a fever pitch!
- Verse 10 warns about betrayal and hate. We hear about this daily on the news.
- Verse 11 speaks of the rise of false prophets, and many who will be misled. Christian resources abound, and many can be attained free of charge; yet, I personally see so much biblical illiteracy in this nation, opening people up to being misled by false teaching.
- Verse 12 foretells of an increase in lawlessness. In our country right now we have some city and state officials giving their consent to the unlawful actions of others, forbidding the protection of innocent citizens.
- The second part of verse 12 explains that the ending result of all of this is that “most people’s love will grow cold.”
This is where I am so concerned for church members who remain isolated from physical worship services. A coal removed from a fire will soon cool off and grow cold. The same thing happens spiritually if one stays away from the positive influence of other Christ followers.
The purpose of this article is not to make you feel guilty. I am not judging you, but I want to motivate you. I am encouraging you to return to church if you can. If, for whatever reason, you feel it is still unsafe for you to return to church, then PLEASE get creative about some other ways to connect with other Church members—phone, zoom, Facetime video, online worship services, Christian radio, etc. The writer of Hebrews said it best, “Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, 25 not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:23-25). Think seriously about this question, “Am I staying away from church out of genuine concern for myself and others, or out of personal convenience”? I love you church family!