I, Pastor Reinaldo, moved to Lubbock, Texas, in June, 1980, same year that Mac Davis released his Country & Western hit song, “Texas in My Rear View Mirror” (“I thought happiness was Lubbock, Texas in my rear view mirror…”; you can listen to it at...

 

Unlike Mac Davis, “Texas in my front windshield” was a new and exciting experience for me.  Although I first believed in Christ in 1974 in Ruston, Louisiana, my first few years as a Christian were mostly filled with emotional pain and disillusionment.  Surely, Lubbock would be a new beginning for me.  And it was!  I fell in love and married Hope there, I earned my doctorate there, I advanced in my career there, and I grew in my faith there.  Yes, I loved Lubbock, something which even Mac Davis agreed with towards the end of his song.

 

But what I did not do in the seven years I lived in Lubbock was enjoy the water.  For all my trials and tribulations in Louisiana, I would say that the water there tasted like wine in comparison with Lubbock’s water, which tasted like turpentine.  The water there, drawn from the Ogallala Aquifer (largest underground lake in the U.S.) was replete with all sorts of minerals.  Perhaps associating it with turpentine is a bit much, but imagine making tea from sheetrock and you have a clear picture of its abominable taste.

 

But the worst of it wasn’t the taste.  Older houses there tended to have very low water pressure due to pipes becoming clogged with mineral deposits.  The pipes at an older residence hall at Texas Tech, Hulen Hall, had to be removed and reinstalled.   They were cut up into 1” sections and given to faculty and staff as souvenir paper weights (a 1½” pipe had an effective opening less than ½” due to years of mineral deposits). 

 

So, what does any of this have to do with (Revelation 3.14-22), the letter to Laodicea, seventh of the seven letters to churches in Asia Minor in (Revelation 2-3)?  It appears that the water in Laodicea was as bad—probably worse—than that in Lubbock.  But that was not the Laodicean church’s main concern.  Rather, it was that the tepid, disgusting water they drank was a metaphor for the pitiable (Christ’s own word) state of that church.  Christ frequently used elements of the society and culture He was speaking to as metaphors and allegories to address spiritual truths.  And of the seven churches of Revelation, Laodicea was the only for which Christ had nothing to commend them for; it appears that they valued comfort, convenience and consumerism before Christ.  Their pitiable state was as bad as the water they consumed.  Sad.

 

Please join us this Sunday to “hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 3.22), and to AnchorPoint Church in particular.  I pray that we would carefully hear what Christ has to say to us.  And you can pray for me that I would teach God’s word accurately and that I would reflect Christ’s heart in my message.