Apathy & Christianity

The dictionary definition of the word apathy is “a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.” But a better definition is “people just not giving a damn.” Apathy is one of the great evils in this world and its terrifying how many people live in this life of just not caring.

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” -Albert Einstein. The first version of apathy is: Apathy toward the world. An example of this is someone not caring for injustices that are hurting the world and the people around us. Or when people don’t bother to help those in need either because they don’t care, or they say it doesn’t affect them. The people who usually read my blog are Christians so I’m going to assume the person reading this is familiar with the Bible and the stories of Jesus. Think about every story in the gospels when Jesus is there. The LAST thing Jesus would ever be is apathetic toward the people around Him. “The greatest cruelty is our casual blindness to the despair of others.” -Anonymous

There is a second version of apathy I want to talk to you about and it is just as bad-if not worse- than the first one. It is: Apathy towards God. What does that look like? Well it can come in many forms from not caring about having a relationship with Christ, to not having the want to share the Gospel. The most common form of apathy towards God from Christians is not caring about God’s mission or purpose for the world or us. Jesus spoke to His disciples in John 21:16-17 saying, “16Jesus repeated he question: ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ Peter said, ‘you know I love you.’ ‘Then take care of my sheep,’ Jesus said. 17 A third time he asked him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, ‘Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Then feed my sheep.’” I think it is pretty clear what God’s mission is for us. To care for others, to share the Gospel, and to love others.

Here’s the thing, there really isn’t two versions of apathy. They are intertwined and go together. By truly seeking God and caring about His mission for the world, then you definitely won’t be apathetic toward the world, considering Christ’s mission is ABOUT THE WORLD! The greatest commandment in the entire Bible is to love one another, and if you love one another, you will have an interest, enthusiasm, and concern for the world- you won’t be apathetic towards it. “If your theology doesn’t lead you to love people more, you should question your theology.” I am sure many of you have heard the term “Christian Activists” before. There shouldn’t be people labeled “Christian Activists”! For we should all be Christian activists! We should be active Christians. Active in exemplifying the character of God and seeking justice for the world. Here is a link to a speech made by Charlie Chaplin. I highly encourage you to watch it because it is so moving & is still relevant today. My favorite quote from it is, “We think to much, and feel too little, more than machinery, we need humanity, more that cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.

I challenge you to evaluate your life and see if you are an apathetic Christian. Because it is easier than you think to slip into the selfish world of apathy- of not caring. This is exactly what Satan wants. He wants a bunch of Christians sitting on their butts NOT caring, NOT proclaiming Christ, NOT striving for justice, NOT bettering the world, NOT being on fire for God. So I beg you, don’t fall into that trap

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Loving Others

“Jesus cares more about how you treat people than how many Bible verses you’ve memorized”

Now hold up, I’m not saying that memorizing scripture is bad, in fact, it’s really important and a great thing to do. However, what I am saying is that God would rather us love and treat people they way He would, than have us be able to recite scripture. Because what’s the point of knowing scripture if we aren’t going to apply it to our lives?! Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to each other, just as Christ Jesus forgave you.” 

A lot of people are against Christianity and God because they have been treated badly and been looked down upon by people who claim to follow Christ. THAT IS NOT WHAT JESUS CALLED US TO DO! God called us to love and be compassionate to everyone. That includes people who have different beliefs or ideals than we do. I get that it might not be the easiest thing to do, but it is not our job to cast judgement. It’s our job to love genuinely and exemplify Christ. Christ loved unconditionally, so therefore we should too. I saw a great quote that applies to this. It says: 

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy” 

In God’s eyes, everyone is worthy of being loved. God loves you, me, your parents, the person you can’t stand, the people with different political views than you…the list goes on forever because God loves everyone. 

“If your theology doesn’t lead you to love people more, you should question your theology.” 

I hope you are able to understand what I am trying to share. Yes, memorize scripture. Yes, read your Bible. But love others. Because without love, we aren’t true followers of Jesus.  

This post kind of goes along with The Kindness Project. I took a break from blogging the month of December to focus on school and family but I’m back and will be starting back up The Kindness Project and regular blog posts. Thanks for reading! -Maddie💛