The Spiritual Disease of Apathetic Christianity

The other day, I was sitting and worshiping the Lord with a group of believers. I had my eyes closed and was meditating on the words of Jesus as I sang. All of a sudden, the Lord brought to my mind a concert. The people were shouting, raising their hands, getting excited about the person singing and were joyfully excited about the concert itself. Then my mind seemed to wander to a football game. The people were yelling and engaged with what was going on. They were mesmerized and watched in utter anticipation at the next move of the ball players. Then I opened my eyes and glanced around the room at the worshipers of Jesus. No one had their hands raised, no one was excited, people were fidgeting and talking over the music; mouths were singing but not with utter joy and anticipation as seen at the ball game. Rather it was superficial and done merely out of obligation. There was a lack of real worship coming from the believers, and little reverence was being shown. My heart broke! How can we cheer for football games and get excited at Christian concerts, yet our own worship for the Creator of the universe is lacking? I don’t understand. I couldn’t help but cry and ask God for his forgiveness. Then it hit me, we have the disease of apathy. It has hit our worship, it has hit our homes, it has invaded our relationship with Christ. We simply don’t care anymore. I’ve heard pastor after pastor talk about apathy from the pulpits, yet no change comes from the body. We don’t vote because we say, ‘ah our vote doesn’t count anyhow.’ We don’t worship reverently because we say, ‘ah He loves us anyhow.’ We don’t tell people about Christ because we say, ‘ah the Holy Spirit will tell Him.’ And the list goes on and on and on. My friend God says in his word not to be apathetic…

“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, and serve the Lord.” Romans 12:11

“Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.” Revelation 3:2

—  Lisa Haven