Being Apathetic Is A Pathetic Way To Be

If the title sounds like a Relient K song–it’s because it is.
Despite it being a decade old, it just now inspired me to write this piece. I used to not care about much of anything besides myself. God came second, or third, or wherever I could put Him to stay out of my way. As I have grown older, I have matured in my walk with God and as a human being.
Along the way I became more in tune with my emotions! What is wrong with me? Am I not a man? Courageous made me tear up. I actually know what the messages are in songs I listen to. Why is this happening? Why can’t I just be selfish and not care about anything? I can never enjoy Soulja Boy again.
Well first off, I think most people who mature also get less selfish and care more about others. Look at people who have kids. It completely changes them. They will stop partying and doing things they shouldn’t be doing, because they need to be an example for their child. I have never had a kid so the change was not as sudden for me.
Mine has been more of a gradual climb.
The real question for us is: Is being apathetic acceptable in God’s eyes? Can we live life for us, just working, playing games/watching TV, and then one day retiring in Florida only doing things for us and not caring for others?
Apathy causes laziness. Why work hard or try hard if you don’t care? I am sure you see it at school or at work all the time. Heck, I used to be like that myself with school. I still struggle with it a little bit at my current job, but I am getting better all the time.
What does the Bible say about apathy or laziness? If God is going to speak to everyone about something, it will be through His word. Revelation 3:15-16 is commonly referred to when talking about someone claiming to be a Christ follower, but their actions not lining up with their words.
In the verse Jesus says:
‘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.
But wait a second. Why does it matter if I am lazy or apathetic? At church I was told if I say the prayer then I am good to go. I am going to heaven. No worries whatsoever. I can go on living life knowing that Hell does not await me.
Well, actually 2 Timothy 4:3-4 addresses what we now know as the “hyper gospel”. Basically get saved and you will obtain success and happiness.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 states:
“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.”
Okay, so you may be thinking, “Eh, I am still good to go.” Right? I mean Revelations nor 2 Timothy said we are going to hell for being lukewarm or apathetic.
Matthew 7:21-23 clears this right up as Jesus says:
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
I don’t know about you, but I am not going to risk eternity on me wanting to be lazy. Relient K nailed it when they said that being apathetic is a pathetic way to be. But, whatever. Half of me is all about apathy, and the other half just doesn’t care.

What do you think? Do you struggle with apathy? Have you overcome it?

Wesley Wood

Wesley Wood is an aspiring film director. He would love to make GOOD films to help spread God's word and help Christians grow.

1 Comment

  1. Rob M. on January 15, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I think we all struggle with apathy to some degree. In a For Today song, Mattie Montgomery says, “The only threat is my apathy”. I think, for me, it’s at least in part because I don’t know what to do. Okay, I have a whole day off of work with no plans. Is it okay to just chill at home? Should I go out and preach on the street corners? Wander around until I find someone to help? And so on. I much prefer having specific directions so that I know I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing it when I”m supposed to be doing it.

    Also, I think John 6:29 is a good companion verse to those verses from Matthew. It almost feels like a clarification or answer to what the work of the Father is.

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