Revelation 2: First Love
Revelation 2 presents us with the messages for four of the churches. I want to focus on the church at Ephesus.
Rev 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
Rev 2:3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
This somewhat feels like the evangelical church in America. Although I understand that church attendance is falling in general, evangelical churches are remaining steady, and the people who are deciding to remain in church are recognizing the need for figuring out what is true and what is not. I think that we are doing a better job of recognizing what is false teaching as people realize the necessity for moving beyond cultural Christianity in our society which is moving farther away from God.
That being said, I think the criticism is valid as well. We might be intellectually learning more and more, but we need to make sure that we are actually out there with passion. Knowledge is undoubtedly an important part of the Christian faith. We have to know why we believe what we believe. However, there needs to be that passion there as well. A relationship is also the most important part of the Christian faith. It is living a life walking with Jesus Christ. We need to make sure we remember that.
I know that for myself, I can easily become wrapped up in purely intellectual arguments. However, God is more than the conclusion of a logical proof, so it is important to remember that first love.