“Kansas girl rides ‘Laodicean’ to National Spelling Bee victory”
According to USA Today, 13 year old Kavya Shivashankar won the national Spelling Bee championship by correctly spelling the word Laodicean. Several news reports say the word means lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics, but they fail to mention that the concept comes from the Bible.
Laodicea was one of three cities of the Lycus River Valley in Asia Minor (Colossians 2:1; 4:15-16). Today this area is in Turkey. Toward the end of the first century the book of Revelation was distributed to several churches of Asia (Revelation 1:11).
The water of Laodicea came from hot springs immediately south of the city. By the time the water reached Laodicea it was lukewarm. Jesus described the church as being like the water supply of the city.
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot. 16 ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. (Revelation 3:15-16 NAS)
This photo shows part of the water distribution tower at ancient Laodicea. Mount Cadmus is seen in the distance.
We might also define Laodicean as a member of the body of Christ in the city of Laodicea. Or, simply, a citizen in the city of Laodicea.
HT: Olen, Harriet