This week, I want to talk about something that drives me up the wall. It’s a quality in people that I truly feel is a cancer that can destroy every good thing someone has ever accomplished, Apathy. Apathy is defined as lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting. Now, when it comes to worldly things, like certain sports or types of music, or what not, apathy can be acceptable. Simply because no one expects you to be fervent about everything, however, when you take up a cause, such as proclaiming your faith, it should be expected that you act as thought it matters to you.It’s easy to see that myself and my family are avid Alabama football fans. This is obvious by looking at our car, the flag in front of our home, the hair-bows in my daughter’s hair, we even have cups, plates, and forks. That’s because we love Alabama football, and we are not ashamed to proclaim it.
The same is true of our faith. We send our daughter to a Christian school, we read her Bible stories, we frequent Christian clothing and book stores. We talk about it, were not ashamed of it. This is what truly following the cause is about.
Now, there are a whole lot of people that will say they are Christians at church or when they are around other people that share their faith. The hard thing is displaying it outward and openly. Ive said it before in other lessons but it has become less and less “cool” to be Christian. It’s our job to make it ok, and show that you can be virtually any type of person in the world today, and still be a Christian. now, as I ahve said before, we don’t need to be cool, we need to be strange, but in the long run, we need to show people that they belong and are accepted just as much as we are. People that are apathetic about it, go out and do nothing. Not that they consistently go out and sin or consistently trash the faith or anything like that, they simply do nothing. The thing about that is in a lot of cases, that is just as bad or worse than being one of the people that do go out and openly trash faith of any kind. The ones that are apathetic about it do just as much harm. Lets go ahead and go into a Bible verse and pick up to close. Its 2 Timothy 4:3-4
3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
As illustrated in the verse above, people, when it suits them, will follow a token of faith, when it doesn’t, they will find like minded people and follow that doctrine to suit that cause and feel better about the choice that they are making, and what is seen in a lot of cases, is they don’t want to be told to put action behind it. As a people, we’d much rather just sit around and do nothing.
So, the question lies, are you one to go out and be fervent, be a fan, or be someone that goes out and does nothing. Just remember Apathy accomplishes nothing, and allows anything to come and lay waste to what you have.
Zach is a father, husband, and social media addict that describes his approach to faith as being a “Charismatic, Evangelical, Anabaptist that loves Catholic tradition, or just a plain old ‘lover of Jesus’ for short. He is the Youth director at Poages Mill Church of the Brethren and hangs out with an odd group he calls the “Holy Burrito Crew”.