By Jason Jimenez
Charlotte, NC – Several years ago, the Christian pollster George Barna was speaking to a group of journalists, and what he said was both shocking and profound. He said to the audience, “The enemy of America today is not Iraq. It is not Afghanistan or communism. It is not Somalian pirates. It’s the moral degradation and spiritual complacency of Americans. In essence, it is the willingness of Americans to become victims of the imposition of values and objectives that defy our common good.”
Americans have got to wake up. We have got to stop living like zombies and do something about the current status of our lives and our nation. We spend too much time checking the number of “likes” we get on Facebook that we become too complacent to care about anything of real substance and meaning. Albert Einstein once said, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
Americans are quick to complain and blame, but not quick to do anything about it. Instead of becoming proactive, many Americans would rather toss the responsibility to someone else. The problem with this kind of treatment, however, is that nothing ever gets done. We have come to believe that someone else will do the heavy lifting, so it doesn’t really matter. But it does matter. And we need to wake up out of our slumber and start doing something about it. Passing off problems to someone else is what’s gotten America in its current mess.
As a matter of fact, the incompetency among our politicians and religious leaders is precisely due to the apathy plaguing our citizens. If apathy has had a stronghold on your life, we plead with you to ask God to release it from your life. Pray for the willpower to overcome apathy with action.
In Romans 12, Paul offers some powerful ways to actively perform spiritual service to others. He writes,
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with
brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be
fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. (Romans 12: 9– 13 ESV)
Apathetic people are indifferent to anything and everything happening around them. They show no signs of caring and sharing. They are basically dead to the world. But if more people lived out Romans 12, it would drive them out of apathy and into an active life of total transformation.
So I plead with you to ask yourself: How do I want to be remembered? Do I want my family to remember me as apathetic? Or do I want my loved ones to remember me as a person who served the needs of others?