The dangers of apathy

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 7, 2012

When asked what’s the opposite of love, 99 percent of the people will incorrectly answer “hate.” Most of my life, I, too, thought the opposite of love was hate. One day, while driving to New Orleans across the spillway in Norco, I was listening to a Christian radio program, and the speaker said that the opposite of love is not hate but apathy. “Apathy!” I thought. “Such a harmless sounding word.”

Over the years, I’ve come to realize that apathy is one of the most destructive forces facing mankind. Apathy – lack of compassion, indifference or whatever we choose to call it – is an enemy to God, family, community, church, America and the world.

We’ve often heard it said that all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Apathy will cause us to do nothing when a wrong needs to be corrected. When a person is apathetic, most of the time that person is selfish.

We have seen T-shirts that read “Basketball Rules,” “Seniors Rule;” etc. An appropriate slogan for America could be “Apathy Rules.”

This year, apathy could be the reason many voters will stay away from the polls, thereby allowing selfish interest groups to elect the next president of the United States.

Apathy has allowed our public educational system to become a second-class system. Apathy has allowed us, the greatest nation ever created, to be on the losing side of an ongoing drug war.

Come to think of it, apathy will send many people to an eternity in hell. Why such a bold statement? It’s easy, because Revelation 3:15-16 reads: “I know you well – you are neither hot, nor cold. I wish you were one or the other! But since you are merely lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth!”

Apathy – such a harmless sounding word, but, oh, how destructive.

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