- from bondage to spiritual faith …
- from spiritual faith to courage …
- from courage to liberty …
- from liberty to abundance …
- from abundance to selfishness …
- from selfishness to complacency …
- from complacency to apathy …
- from apathy to dependency …
- from dependency back to bondage
Many Christians, once motivated by protecting the sanctity of life, religious freedom, and traditional marriage, seem inconsolable. We must not surrender to complacency, as if the fight is over and there’s nothing we can do about it. In fact, embracing this attitude is a certain prescription for disaster. Yes, things will get worse if we do that.
So what stage are we in?
Reverts thinks we are entering the stage of apathy. And I hate to say it, but I agree. I think there is growing apathy among believers.
Apathy manifests itself in how people dress, how they talk, how they care for each other—and how concerned they are about the great issues of the day. It resembles what the Greeks called ἁκηδείᾱ (or in Latin: acedia), a languidness, a torpor, in which we stop caring about anything (carelessness - see footnotes 1 & 2 below).
Apathy inevitably leads to dependency. And once we become dependent on Big Brother, we are back in bondage. Can anybody really watch the dramatic growth of governmental power and not be alarmed? For the fact of the matter is that the more government acts as God, the less people depend on the one true God.
Have you contacted your congressmen and senators? Are you concerned about what’s happening in this country today? Things like:
- the elimination of the conscience clause for medical professionals
- embryonic stem cell research
- threats to religious liberties, or government making life-and-death decisions in health care?
If we value our liberties, if we believe in the most fundamental principles upon which our civilization is based, then we owe it to our God and to future generations to speak out.
Do we get it? I pray that we do.
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This is a "copy, paste and paraphrase" - including MY notes, paraphrasing, minor deletions, bulleting and bolding -- intended for my personal use in my personal notebook
SOURCES & Footnotes:
- Don Reeverts of the Denver Leadership Foundation
- Sir Alex Fraser Tyler
- Catholic Exchange August 8th, 2009 Written by Charles Colson
- In God We Trust
note 1: A definition of sloth (one of the seven deadly sins) is -- spiritual or actual apathy, putting off what God asks you to do, or not doing it or anything at all.
note 2: Acedia is a Latin word, from the Greek, ἁκηδείᾱ, meaning "carelessness".