The Pinoy’s reaction to an invitation: RSVP!



Voice Pretense – “Pipilitin ko”; “I’ll try my best to attend”

Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

-Matthew 5:37

Does Jesus like fence-sitters? I was wondering about that today as I was trying to recall which Bible verse went something like  –since you are neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out .  I guess it’s a bit of a stretch to apply Rev 3:15-16 to the Pinoy RSVP phenomenon (or lack therof). But oh well… it just shows you can’t be “sort of” in the program.

Just a thought:

We loathe people who are ambiguous in their responses to invitations to events that mean something to us. Was Jesus saying in Rev 3:15-16 He loathed people who were unclear about whether they were for Him or against Him? If you take Rev 3:15-16 in isolation, it appears to be so… but read the entire context – that particular letter was addressed to a Christian church. People were being called to repent of their ways, lest they be spat out. Verse 21 Talks about “overcoming”, a transitive verb unaccompanied by a direct object. Overcoming what? (It doesn’t say). In the TNIV version the word victorious is used. Ahhh…OK, that makes things a lot clearer. Jesus does say He stands at the door and knocks, and those He loves, he chastens and reproves.  (Just to reiterate, He was speaking to believers)  My limited understanding of Bible interpretation tells me, that no, he doesn’t loathe those people who are lukewarm (yes, He is about to spit them out) but gives them a warning  first (something He says he does for people he loves) so that they could repent and change.

Aren’t you glad God isn’t like us?


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