Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ignorant or Apathetic?

All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame.  -Isaiah 44:9 

Many years ago I heard a story about a pastor who was trying to talk with a young man who was known for being rebellious and prone to get into trouble.  After feeling that he was getting nowhere, the pastor finally said, “Young man, are you ignorant or are you apathetic?”  The young man answered, “I don’t know and I don’t care!”  This describes the attitude of countless people in the world today in regards to their belief in God; they do not know and they do not care.  To take such a position in regards to faith is a dangerous place to be.  Such persons would do well to humble themselves before God and seek forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

The Scripture reminds us that those who deliberately turn away from God are ignorant – to their own shame.  They are not only ignorant of the truths of God’s Word, but they are ignorant of the salvation and grace the Lord has offered.  Such ignorance takes a person down a path away from the Lord, which can result in heartache, loneliness, and no direction in life.  Such an individual is left to wander on his own wisdom and handle problems in his own strength.  Christ calls us to trust in Him that we might have the power to live in spiritual victory every day.  We need not wander through life alone, for the Lord is perfectly willing to help us. 

Why would anyone refuse such a gracious offer?  So often it is pride that is the culprit.  People refuse to acknowledge that they need the Lord, and such a prideful stance is taken at our own peril.  When we trust in the Lord we are placed on solid ground and our lives can have a richness and fullness we would have never dreamed possible. 

Christ is calling to stop relying on self and begin trusting in Him.  A relationship with Jesus Christ brings life, peace, joy, and purpose.  The troubled soul finds new life through the lord.  Look to Him today.

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