I would guess that all of us get an ‘I Don’t Care’ attitude sometimes about things. Some of those things are really important things, but for some reason or another we get tired of the struggle and just decide not to care. One of the dangers of this attitude is that it can stick around for a long long time. And it does a lot of damage while we’re just sitting there not caring. Apathy is a thief that robs families, schools, workplaces, volunteer agencies, and even churches of their energy and power. We can even have a lethargic attitude toward our own spiritual life if we allow this spirit to grow in our lives.
‘I Don’t Care’ is a destructive attitude. Ecclesiastes 10:18 says “If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.” A man does not have to tear down a house in order to destroy it. All that he has to do is just fail to repair the things which need repairing and soon the house will collapse. Apathy will drive us to neglect our spiritual lives by avoiding prayer, meditation, and other activities that generally heighten our awareness of God.
‘I Don’t Care’ will leave spiritual needs unmet. Our walk in the Kingdom is to be focused on serving others. Who will teach that lost one about Jesus? Who will assist the needy person with a little help? Who is going to have mercy on the sick and afflicted? These needs will not be met by the apathetic Christian! Apathy will prevent us from living out specific commands of God such as “ warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone” (1 Thessalonians 5:14). What apathetic person is going to be available to address someone who is caught in a sin so that they might “restore him gently” (Galatians 6:1).
‘I Don’t Care’ places our own attitudes as more important than God’s first place in our heart. Spiritual indifference occurs because something has taken priority over God in life. Apathy is sinful because it manifests that one’s priorities have been misplaced.
‘I Don’t Care’ is not an attitude to which saved people should cling. “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen!” (Revelation 2:4). “So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth …” (Revelation 3:16,17) . An apthatetic spirit is surely lukewarm!
When the ‘I Don’t Care’ attitude strikes, take decisive action.
- Bring it to God in prayer.
- Seek out a spiritual mentor to discuss it with.
- Activate your life with acts of service to those who cannot help themselves or repay you.
- Try to determine what forces exist in your life that may be the resource for the apathetic attitude.
- Break the cycle. Change up your pattern of life for a while. Get out of the ruts. Change your diet. Get a different kind of exercise. Do something that you enjoy and bring a friend along.
I do not know anything positive about the ‘I Dont’ Care’ attitude. One thing is sure … Jesus never developed this attitude in his life. He did care. He still cares. About you.
Thanks for reading!