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Apathy is all around
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I see Zombies

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The Zombie craze is all around right? There are television shows about zombies, of course movies, the Zombie craze is all around for sure.
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Living Inside Out

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“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.
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The Myth of Perfect

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  Perfect:  entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings   I have not found the perfect job. I have not found the perfect church.
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the Gospel. Is it still powerful?

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Can we talk? Can we talk about something really tough to talk about? How P.C. Are you?   What really changes people?   Can people change their hearts?
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Who cares about apathy

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“By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy – indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction.” ~William Osler

There really is nothing much harder than doing ministry with people that don’t care. Apathy is all around students today. Maybe it’s the deep down inside feeling that students have about a world that seems to be uncontrollable. Maybe a student feels like their voice doesn’t matter. Maybe a student has been taught at home by parents, or others that their struggles or hardships will be managed by someone else. Maybe students today really don’t care about their world, the happenings around them really don’t matter. Maybe they just are involved in so many other things that to care about something may be just added energy that they just don’t have to give. Maybe apathy is just easy.

Apathy: A lack of interest or concern, a lack of feeling or emotion.

Apathy is one of the hardest things to help students overcome. I know personally what apathy can do because I was a student back in the day that chose to “not care” so that I could do whatever I wanted to do. Not caring allowed me to think that what was supposed to be important in my world wasn’t important because I just didn’t care. The end result was that what was important stayed important regardless of my “opting out”. Only to make what I didn’t care about to at some point as I woke up, I realized it was important and I had lost much ground.

I work with students that are apathetic all the time. But, apathy towards spiritual things, more importantly towards their relationship to Jesus Christ is hard for me to deal with. I mean, I can’t yell it out of them. It is almost impossible to reason with them about their apathy. It is even harder to convince them of their apathy. I can’t entertain them out of it. I can’t speak it out of them. I can’t will it out of them. What then?

Well, I take a lesson from my own life. The greatest wake up call was that as life was passing me by because “I didn’t care” I began to realize my apathetic state. There were people around me that I saw moving forward, taking a stand, speaking out, living out their passions and I wanted to be part of something that was greater than just hangin around, complaining and just going through the motions.

The hard part of doing student ministry is that many think that a program filled with all sorts of stuff will make the difference. Many think that more and busy and more will keep students from being apathetic. But I’m talking about a relationship with Christ. So, how does one help a student to move out of their apathy? Working in church means that there are plenty of students that at some point came to a place when they said “I want that, I want a relationship with Christ Jesus but right now I really don’t care.” Now what?

Does a student ministry entertain so that the student will care more? Does a student ministry do things so that a student will want more of Him? We all know that doing “Chubby Bunnies” doesn’t cut it. We all know that just a Bible lesson ain’t gonna cut it when those hearing the lesson “don’t care.” Apathy is all around. Apathy keeps students from calling out evil in their own lives. Apathy keeps students from caring about those without Christ. Apathy keeps students thinking about “their” needs. Apathy keeps students from caring about ministry, the church and other such spiritual things.

Francis Schaeffer said it like this: “I have come to the conclusion that none of us in our generation feels as guilty about sin as we should or as our forefathers did.” Thus, the problem of not caring about the real issue. Sin. Sin is the real culprit isn’t it? If one is apathetic, then why care about anything that may point inward. Why care about what God think is sin, if it is sin “I don’t care.” The “I don’t care” about it is actually at the core of many of our problems and issues.

I’m praying for a breakthrough. A breakthrough for students to see, to feel, to desire Jesus Christ with all their heart. It’s no wonder that Jesus said, Hot or cold but lukewarm is no good. Or the image of the Christ talking about salt losing it’s saltiness– and when that happens that salt is only good for a pile of garbage.

Recently a father told me this story. His daughter was dating a young man that the father knew (and so did his daughter) was not a good guy. This young man had already hurt his daughter. This young man had a proficiency toward alcohol and other substances. This young man was not good for his daughter and he told her so. He said “this guy will hurt, he will not be good for you.” The daughters response? Apathy says– “I don’t care” and an “I don’t care” mindset will ultimately hurt anyone in the long run and an “I don’t care” to this situation actually did end up exactly how this loving father said it would. Apathy is deadly.

“Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its hand.” ~Bodie Thoene
A sobering quote and a sobering truth.

The end result of apathy is a life that is standing still, just going through life with not much joy, not much hope, not much faith in anything but opting out of a life that can be so much more. Praying for a breakthrough!

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Docrings's comment, October 23, 2011 10:14 AM
This was the sin of sodom: arrogant, overfed and UNCONCERNED. (Ezekiel 16:49) Talk about a ready-made three-point sermon for America today.
Docrings's comment, October 23, 2011 10:27 AM
Young people and adults need to be taught about post-modernism philosophy. Once they see how the culture has brain-washed them to think that everything is "equal", so why do anything? Why preach the gospel? Why witness? Why risk being "offensive"? This must be combated by reason and the Truth of scripture and Christ's own words. Veritas!