Having worked in many churches and Christian communities, I have seen numerous well-intentioned Christ-followers living simple lifestyles, but apathetic to many of the world’s travesties around them.
We are well-meaning and profess to love Jesus. We care about our neighbors — those we encounter on rare occasions. We give money to the church and to the poor, but often, we don’t know any poor people by name.
I think there are many reasons for this. Perhaps we are too consumed with full schedules — TV shows, committee meetings, soccer games, and taekwondo practice — or are overwhelmed because the surrounding problems seem too big to tackle.
Have we become apathetic to the things that break the heart of God because of the many things that have gotten in the way? Life, it seems, keeps us from living on behalf of the gospel.
One dictionary definition of “apathy” is the “absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement” or a “lack of interest or concern.” Apathy leads to passivity, and passivity is a great sin.
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