The city of Sardis was a very wealthy and prosperous place…and the same kind of apathetic arrogance that characterized the city was also very evident in the early Church there. Its members had become complacent, and self-satisfied with the status quo…resting on their laurels of past importance among the early Churches…which led to a spirit of smugness and opened the way to sin. The Church of Sardis had drifted into spiritual unconsciousness…or as it’s called today – nominal Christianity. Quite simply put…it’s someone who professes faith, but has no fruit to show for it. John’s letter to the Church of Sardis is a cautionary tale for many a Church today if they’re banking on what they once were, and not on what they’ve become. What’s needed John wrote is a moral reorientation of hearts and minds, and a turning back to Jesus and our first love.