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APATHY...has a Greek origin. It meant insensibility to suffering; unfeeling. A synonym would be indifference. An apathetic individual has an absence of interest in or concern about emotional, social, spiritual, philosophical and/or physical life and the world. You may witness this daily in many forms and persons. You see it in your kids on occasions. I have been that way over certain issues; some good, some bad. That great sage philosopher, Jimmy Buffet, was quoted as saying; “Is it ignorance or apathy. Hey, I don’t know and I don’t care.”
As we enter the final days of our historic election, we see signs of apathy from many corners. Flawed candidates do not invoke excitement. But aren’t we all flawed? Isn’t it interesting how after many years, decades or centuries we learn the true stories on the character of our many presidents? If you had known then what is revealed now, would they have been your choice for the White House? Truth is, we are not choosing the Pope, but a person to lead and make wise decisions in line with our Constitution. In fact, it is not so much about the candidate as it is the platform that is a picture of the direction of our future.
Charles de Montesquieu is right. “The tyranny of a prince in an oligarthy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.” Jesse Ventura, 38th Governor of Minnesota, was quoted as saying; “Government is at its worst when you have apathy from its citizens.”
Helen Keller nailed it. “We may have found a cure for most evils; but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings.” Ms. Keller, your vision is 20/20! As I was considering all this, my thoughts were led to those of us who are part of the Body of Christ, the Church in America. Maybe, just maybe we have the solution, not the politicians. His name is Jesus Christ!
How about you? Are you daily about being the eyes, ears, voices, hands, and feet of our Lord? In light of the election, are we even voting? Pastor Tommy Nelson of Denton Bible Church delivered a recent message where he stated that 25 million evangelical Christians did not vote in the 2012 Presidential election. It was a powerful brave presentation. Worth the listen, even if you break it into segments. https://www.dbcmedia.org/sermons/the-continental-divide/
But more than elections and voting, has the ‘house of prayer, worship and service to others’ become a ‘house of apathy’? Have we taken on an aroma of ‘sugar, lite and wheat germ’ instead of ‘salt, light and leaven’? Are the lost souls for whom Jesus died  a priority in your life? How about the poor, needy, homeless, imprisoned, widows and orphans? The fatherless are growing at staggering rates every year in our country. They may not be your biological children, but you can become the dad that they so desperately need. These are those the church has been called to serve.
Jesus did not mince any words when he said to the Laodiceans in Revelation. ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth”‘ (vss. 3:14-16 NKJV). Would you agree with me that lukewarm might be translated as apathy? Could we, the Church in America, be suffering from the same malady as Laodicea?
Worse still for your children and grandchildren, could our apathy be bringing God’s anger? You see what is happening all over our land. If he did it to the Laodiceans, what makes you think that we can escape the consequences of our lukewarmness? Where do you see apathy in your own life?
“Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Your anger toward us to cease” (Psa. 85:4 NKJV). Might this be our prayer? We repent, he restores!
Copyright 2016
Bill C. Dotson

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