Webster defines apathy as “a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.” The original Greek defines it as “without feeling or suffering.”
On first glance, apathy doesn’t seem like it should be concerning.
I mean, who doesn’t want to be without suffering or even feeling sometimes? At times, it can be easier to move through life without letting ourselves feel anything, rather than opening ourselves up to allow vulnerability and potential hurt.
However, going deeper into it, apathy can be very destructive.
It goes beyond protecting one’s self against vulnerability, but is an emotion that can create havoc in the very heart of your relationship with God.
I have experienced apathy many times in my Christian walk, and know that I will face it again.
Why do I know that? Because I know myself. I know that I lack the capacity to be a perfect woman who constantly seeks God, and constantly seeks His good for my life. It’s inherently part of my, and your, human condition.
We lack the ability to be “perfect Christians.” That idea in itself is quite flawed because if we had the ability to be perfect Christians it would eliminate the need for a Savior.
I think it is a safe bet to assume that most of us have experienced a time or season of apathy.
Apathy is a part of the human condition especially, at times, concerning God.
For me, it can often be laziness, and simply not wanting to put in the work with God.
An apathetic Christian is one who has “fallen asleep” in a sense.
The song “Wake Up” by All Sons and Daughters says it well,
Wake up, wake up, all you sleepers
Stand up, stand up all you dreamers
Hands up all believers
Take up your cross and carry it on