In our culture today there are medical diagnoses’ for everything. From depression, to stress, to allergies, to sleep problems, and more. There are lists upon lists of medical diseases and almost every America has been labeled with some sort of diagnoses or another. Including myself. But one thing we tend to overlook as Christians are spiritual diseases.
Today, the church has welcomed many spiritual sicknesses into the body, but one that seems to have stricken harder than the others is apathy. In fact, apathetic Christianity is a real disease infecting the body of Christ.
So what is apathy? Well, the definition is simple. It is the mindset of, I don’t care! It is having a lack of concern for others, ministry, spiritual growth, or what God wants of us. In a nutshell, it’s impassiveness about God.
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
“So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16
Christians are becoming lukewarm, disinterested, and non-committal. I mean think about it, today there are many believers who do not participate in regular Bible studies or small groups. Fewer of us are serving and many of our talents go unused. Something is wrong with the church and it’s getting worse as each year passes.
The other day I was sitting and worshiping the Lord with a group of believers. I had my eyes closed and was meditating on the words of Jesus as I sang. All of a sudden the Lord brought to my mind a concert. The people were shouting, raising their hands, getting excited about the person singing and were joyfully excited about the concert itself. Then my mind seemed to wander to a football game. The people were yelling and engaged with what was going on. They were memorized and watched in utter anticipation at the next move of the ball players. Then I opened my eyes and glanced around the room at the worshipers of Jesus. No one had their hands raised, no one was excited, people were fidgeting and talking over the music; mouths were singing but not with utter joy and anticipation as seen at the ball game. Rather it was superficial and done merely out of obligation. There was a lack of real worship coming from the believers and little reverence was being shown. My heart broke! How can we cheer for football games and get excited at Christian concerts, yet our own worship for the Creator of the universe is lacking? I don’t understand. I couldn’t help buy cry and ask God for his forgiveness. Then it hit me, we have the disease of apathy. It has hit our worship, it has hit our homes, it has invaded our relationship with Christ. We simply don’t care anymore. I’ve heard pastor after pastor talk about apathy from the pulpits, yet no change comes from the body. We don’t vote because we say, ‘ah our vote doesn’t count anyhow.’ We don’t worship reverently because we say, ‘ah He loves us anyhow.’ We don’t tell people about Christ because we say, ‘ah the Holy Spirit will tell Him.’ And the list goes on and on and on. My friends God says in his word not to be apathetic…
“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” Romans 12:11
“Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.” Revelation 3:2
This unseen, yet rampant disease is crippling us and it is a heinous sin in the sight of the Lord. Apathy causes us no fruit and brings no glory to God. Now is the time to wake up from our apathetic state. For God says more about these last days than any another other time in history, including the time Jesus came to the earth. These last days are not going to be a walk in the park; they are going to be times of trial like none other before!
As a church, let’s be cured of apathy by reading the word, spending time with Him, praying, being reverent, and getting right with God. For now is the time!
“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthyto escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36
Love you all!