Friday, November 19, 2004

Apathy

The opposite of love is not hate -- it is apathy.

1 John 3:10
"This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother."

Ignorance and Apathy - the bane of Western Christianity. Many don't know and don't care.

But what marks a Christian?

Love for God and love for others. Let's buck the trend of Christian nihilism. It just doesn't fit. We are made to serve one another.

Mark 10:45
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

As you are going, do the same.

5 Comments:

At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on... i heard that statement 2 weeks ago and it is so true in this world. Hate can easily be turned to love or vice versa. But if we don't care in the first place what is going to make us sit up and take notice. Without emotions we tend to not take it to heart. So God Bless and thanks for the encouragement.

Becky in Germany

 
At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys should post more often, I always like what you have to say!

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger Roger said...

Ok, spell check before posting so I won't have to delete my post as above. So, to continue......


It's now almost a year since the original post by Bert, yet just this morning this quote was used over a radio message and it has sparked something in me that I must share.

My heart said, "Don't pray for me". When we pray for someone, we leave their situation in the good hands of God. That IS a good place, yet are we now through with our responsibilities as followers of Christ? I pray that you hear with love as I say "prayer" is sometimes apathy's hitching post. Leaving it is God's hands keeps our hands unsoiled.
To my point, my first step should be to pray for myself...That I be God's hands extended, that I know that He will never leave me powerless to show His love, that what was intended for evil will be made good by God, that I know that the words that might lash towards me are aimed in response to the love of God offered through my obedience to take an active stance for Christ. May the will to make a difference start in my heart on earth as it is in heaven.

Praying that the world's apathy be removed is like saying "break down the flood gates and let me swim to those drowning. It's vastness keeps us from getting our feet wet. But I pray, "Lord, be my boat upon Apathy Lake and be big enough to hold all those I pull into your safety".

 
At 10:18 AM, Blogger Bert said...

I hear you, Roger. This is true, and goes deeper into the issue.

James 2:16

If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?

I need to chew on this awhile.

 
At 1:10 AM, Anonymous Joann said...

While I am usually one of those "live and let live" kind of people, meaning mind your own business, let others do and believe what they want because they will anyway, and don't impose your beliefs on others because if they want your help, support, or advice they will ask for it, it doesn't necessarily mean that I don't care and don't want to do good for others. I like to help those in need, and I try to do it as often as I can. I feel good, and I know that I am doing God's work in the process. In fact, this past Saturday (October 6, 2007), I packed 3 bags worth of stuff to donate to a nearby organization that helps the poor and the needy in their area. As soon as my dad is ready and able, he will drive me over to that organization and help me drop off those bags. But sometimes I do feel apathy, though, and it's only because I often become frustrated and depressed and just feel like giving up and not caring anymore. But, of course, I don't give up, because God always gives me a good reason to pick myself up, dust myself off, and keep going no matter how tough life seems to get for me. The pity party is now over, and the guests have all been kicked out and sent home. I don't want a heart of stone. I want a heart of flesh!

 

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