Apathy is the absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement, or the lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting (Dictionary.com). The culture of people today is full of apathy. We selective pick and choose those objects or causes which will receive our attention. Which means that we selectively suppression or show a lack of interest or show concern for other objects or causes. I am fully aware that we could not take part in every cause that is on this planet. So the question is, are the causes or objects that get our attention truly worthy of that attention?
When a person starts to evaluate their own life, one must be honest. We have to look at the different areas of our life and compare those areas to each other. Does this object deserve to be above that object, is that cause really the most important cause in my life, what about this object makes it the most import object in my life. Truthful and honest self analysis will start us down the path towards ending apathy in our life.
As a Christian how can I allow apathy into my life? I cannot, that is the simple answer. And if I do, then I become a hypocrite. For being a Christian is striving to be Christ-like and there is nothing about suppressing passions of my faith or showing a lack of interest that are Christ-like. We must not be like the disciples in the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46), who Jesus asked to pray with Him for only an hour. Yet, they fell asleep and were not interested or concerned for the task at hand.
I speak as a modern day example of letting everything else get in the way. If we continue to move the Lord to the back of the line, apathy will set in our lives. Yet, how do I tell someone you need to live for the Lord will all your heart when I myself am not? What kind of witness am I being for the rest of the Church? After self analysis, I realized that I am that person that I had always complained about. So the question is, how do we fix the problem? What is the solution to the Apathetic Hypocritical Christian?
Here are the steps that I am trying to follow. Step one: I turned to the Lord and cried out for forgiveness for wasting His time and talents. Step two: Admit to some of the people that you have hurt the most the mistake that your have made. A person must have a close group of friends to keep them accountable. Step three: start stripping away the useless things in your life that you thought were more important than the Lord. The Lord is and will always be the number one thing in your life! Step four: push hard into the Lord every chance that your get. We as humans can never full grasp or get all of the Lord, but full understand that He can have all of us. So do your best to make sure that He gets all that you have. Final step: be fully aware that you fail at some point. You will stumble and fall. The Lord fully understands that we will make mistakes. That is why Jesus Christ died on the Cross of Calvary. When you make a mistake pick yourself up, talk with the Lord and keep moving. Do not wallow in self pity and give up.
Always remember this, "...Much will be required of everyone who has been given much. And even more will be expected of the one who has been entrusted with more." Luke 12:48 We have all been given something and are expected to use those gifts that we are given.
**To the End of the Earth**