Nov. 9, 2018

Does kindness really matter?

As a teenager in my church’s youth group, one of the adult leaders was extremely interested in the end times. She used the term, “extremely interested.” Now that I am an adult, I must admit – she was obsessed.

She focused on these verses, “and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:11-13

In the King James Version (KJV) of the bible, the term “wax cold” is used when talking about how people will behave as we draw closer to Christ’s return. I’ve known these verses most of my life. My obsessed youth leader made certain we read, re-read, re-read, memorized and recited the verses. Despite all the exposure, I don’t think I ever realized that “most” includes us – God’s children. Our love for others seems to be waxing cold.

If you think of wax and what the word usage relays, wax was once the run off from something lit and warm. When it is warm, or even hot, it spreads and is pliable. When the heat is removed, what’s left behind is a hardened matter that really gets in the way of the candle’s light.

What do we do with the wax left from God’s people? Is it in the way of the Light? Can the hardened wax snuff out the wick that burns brightly? In other words, how do we remain spreadable and pliable? Does kindness matter among and from Christians? I mean, if people are taking our jobs or storming our country, we have a responsibility to be unkind, right? (No, I’m not going to rant about the immigration crisis.) If people want to increase our taxes to take care of others, I need to be mad at those people, right? If people out there are doing things in direct opposition of what the bible teaches, I need to get angry and tell them they are wrong, right?

Uh, the bible says, “Be kind,” (Ephesians 4:32). We might practice what we preach.

To prevent our love from waxing cold, we must remain close to the Light and allow His warmth to spread through us. If we can capture the essence of Scripture knowing all people are made in God’s image, kindness flows. When we focus on what we want or deserve, hard wax appears on our hearts and in our minds.

“The love of many shall wax cold…” I don’t want to be one of them. Do you?