Apathy? In the bible the Lord reprimands Israel for their Apathy, but what on earth does apathy mean? I got my huge set of dictionaries out, not wanting to do the lazy thing by using Wikipedia, looked it up and this is what I found.
Ap.a.thy noun [. THIES pl ] 1 Lack of feeling, emotion, or sensation; insensibility. 2 Indifference. [<Gr. apatheia ,a-, not, + pathos, suffering]
Synonyms: calmness, composure, immobility, impassibility, indifference, insensibility, lethargy, phlegm, quietness, quietude, sluggishness, stillness, stoicism, tranquility, unconcern, unfeelingness.
Composure results ordinarily from force of will, or from perfect confidence in one's own resources.
Indifference is a want of interest; Insensibility is a want of feeling; unconcern has reference to consequences. Stoicism is an intentional suppression of feeling and a deadening of sensibilities, while apathy is involuntary, denoting a simple absence of emotion.
Funk & Wagnalls New Practical Standard Dictionary of the English Language. 1952 edition.
An involuntary absence of emotion, how interesting. Not something you make a decision to do, just not bothered. Have you ever felt Apathetic towards something, couldn't be bothered to get involved or speak out?
Do you feel apathetic towards God? How many relationships do you know of, especially you girls, that fell apart because one of the partners just couldn't be bothered to make an effort? How do you think the partner, who was trying, felt?
No wonder God gets upset with us about our apathy towards him. I can understand exactly why those nations, who have cast off their alliance with God, are suffering. I don't know about your country, but in mine, unemployment is rife. People are starving and no one gives a damn about anyone but themselves. The really sad thing about our apathy is, God's not going to step in and help, why should he?
Bless you Lord, I will speak out for you as a witness to your amazing love, for me and those who have chosen to be man enough to do the same.