I heard a man say that a polling company called him and asked, "What do you think the greatest problem in America is today, Ignorance or Apathy?" His response..."I don't know and I don't care." I got a big laugh out of that, and have retold the story to get laughs. I'm rethinking the comedy of the story. Maybe its not so funny, maybe a sad truth, because it is true. Add to ignorance and apathy one more word, complacent. I have learned that recovering from addictions, I cannot be complacent, and just go to recovery groups. I must not be ignorant about my sickness, nor apathetic, and not really care. No, I have to stay active, knowing how stay sober, and working with others. There is no guarantee that anyone will stay sober, but those who learn it, work it, and care about it, make it.
In America, our ignorance seems to stem more from our laziness, and business. Too busy or lazy to know about the topics we hear through the media, and really, many of us don't care until we directly affected. And we are affected. What we don't understand is that we have allowed PBS to guide our understanding in science, Oprah to give us our logic, Dr.Phil to direct our relationships, CSI to teach us medicine, and on the story goes. We are guided through life by some one's ideas of how life is. We should all have at least a little knowledge of what our kids are taught in schools, but most of us don't have a clue. Our court systems are in chaos, people are running our judicial system without being thoughtful in judgement. But I've heard we have the best system in the world. Who said that? The media...of course. Involvement, understanding, and really giving a hoot, just like we work on sobriety, will make a difference in the nation.
"See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is." Eph.5:15-17 (NKJV)
As Christians, ignorance, apathy, and complacency, should be discussed more than an AA meeting. What we seem to know as Believers is, Christ died for all, for us personally. But what eludes us is why that had to be the price to redeem man. Do you know? "Well the Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it." That's not the answer the world wants to hear Narcissus. Do you care? That neighbor living next to you, what's their name? Do they know you follow Christ? Maybe you can say yes to that. Or, "I really don't know their names, but they see us leave for church on Sunday morning, we wave to them as we pass their house." Strike two...that covers ignorance and apathy. Miss complacency, and you're back on the bench, wanna try? Are you serving? I'll let you answer that yourself, I'm sure you are even if not in a church setting. All of these things are not designed to make you feel unworthy, condemned, convicted, etc. But to think. Your children and grandchildren, do they know, care, or help? Someone has to tell them too. If we believe in a heaven, or a literal hell, don't you think we should say or do something? Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Ke