Apathy isn’t about wanting to do something but not having the resources. Apathy isn’t about wanting to do something but not having the time. Apathy isn’t about wanting to do something but not having the ability. Apathy can have one of these or all of these but it just doesn’t care!
Is it a coincidence that in the English language the word pathetic makes up the majority of the word that describes the emotion of apathy?
Apathy isn’t ignorance. Apathy isn’t disillusionment. Apathy isn’t being defeated. Apathy isn’t an excuse. Apathy intentionally ignores the horse in the race, the dog in the fight, the cause at hand and the brother that’s meant to be kept!
Do you see any irony in how a lack of fire can actually be a condition that leads to a lake of fire?
Apathy must be done away with. Its reversal is sought and found through repentance, through the removal of stone and the replacement of flesh. This happens to be one of the very reasons that it is so hard to do away with, for repentance must come from the very place that apathy resides – the heart!
Whether or not one cares does not change whether or not one should care; responsibilities are not always left up to personal sensibilities but rather they are left up to the realities at hand. In other words numbness does not do away with the actuality of being hurt!
Apathy may sound good to the ears of some, but it’s only if their voice isn’t the one that’s calling out for help. And therein is an image that reveals the root of the ugliness found in apathy.
May we be interested enough in a God-given heart, soul, mind and strength that can look apathy in the face everyday but still avoid seeing it in the mirror.
“The passion of my soul’s desire is for the house of the Lord; my heart and my flesh are crying out for the living God.” (Psalm 84:2 – BBE)
“And I will give them a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in them; and I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh: So that they may be guided by my rules and keep my orders and do them: and they will be to me a people, and I will be to them a God.” (Ezekiel 11:19-20 – BBE)