Scientists announced today that they have discovered a cure for apathy. However, they claim no one has shown the slightest interest in it. George Carlin
Apathy can be deadly. Apathy takes us off our guard and makes us vulnerable to accident or attack. As soon as we overestimate our ability or underestimate our opposition, trouble begins to brew. The scripture is filled with admonitions against apathy both in regard to physical life and spiritual life.
The giant, Goliath, was apathetic. He overestimated his ability and underestimated his opposition. He thought he was facing a mere shepherd boy in David, but he was dead wrong.
The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down…” 1 Samuel 17:44-46
To be apathetic toward God’s word, power and judgment is a deadly business. In Revelation 3, the risen Christ rebuked the Laodicean church, not for gross immorality or doctrinal compromise, but for it’s apathy.
“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:15-16
Are you apathetic toward God? Is your spiritual life cold and dry? Are you unconcerned about the condition of your soul? This is the sorry picture that confronts us in Genesis 19. As the men of Sodom stand upon the eve of judgment, their only thought is to gratify their selfish and evil desires. Even when it is obvious that judgment is upon them, they still plod forward in sin. Their apathy proved deadly.
Join us this Lord’s Day, July 30, as we examine the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19 and consider our own responsiveness to the realities of God’s judgment and discipline in our lives. We meet from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions.
Come with a friend you and join us for fellowship and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.