The Christian Indifference
A few years ago I heard the famous author and holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel say “the opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference….the opposite of faith is not heresy, it is indifference.” Mr. Wiesel’s words are full of truth. Indifference is the greatest flaw of this current generation. Many people adopt this attitude of indifference by thinking “I will just take care of myself and someone else will handle the problems of the world.” We need not turn far in the pages of history to find the danger of indifference. Look at the recent situation in Darfur. Millions of people have been murdered yet nobody is willing to take a stand to stop it. Likewise, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is under attack with very few people coming its rescue. Yes the Gospel has always been a target, but more so now than any other time the Gospel is being under siege, diluted, and dismissed.
Take a few moments and reflect on the current status of this world. Do you not find a people trying to divorce themselves from God? Think about for a moment, in America they long ago took prayer out of schools, encourage politicians not mention the name Jesus, and now they are on a current mission to remove crosses from public display. Where are the Christians who will stand up for Jesus in the public sphere? Unfortunately there are not many. My fear is that a significant portion of Christians have become indifferent. Fearing of persecution, they play the neutrality card. They do not openly speak out for Jesus nor do they speak against Him. I’m sure these Christians believe they have Jesus in their hearts, but when they step outside their homes and churches, and assume their civic duties, such as voting, they do not use Jesus as a factor in their decision making. This attitude makes Jesus irrelevant outside the church and limits the avenues in which the Gospel can penetrate a person’s heart. Indifference is defined by a lack of interest, care or concern. Do we really want tell God we have no concern for Him? When we do not openly stand for Jesus we are metaphorically volunteer to stand on the sidelines while Satan is scoring a touchdown. We do more damage by being indifferent than those who oppose the Gospel, because indifference enables those who oppose the Gospel with weapons for attack. The Gospel is going to continue to face attack from all directions until Jesus comes back. In the meantime are we going to stand up and try to block the fiery arrows of the enemy or will we stand aside and give in to indifference?
Written by: B. Render