Apathy has been a problem throughout history. Making no assumptions that readers know what apathy is (I thought everyone knew the definition of socialism until recently when someone told me it meant being social towards someone), apathy is a state of indifference.
According to Wikipedia “an apathetic individual has an absence of interest in or concern about emotional, social, spiritual, philosophical and/or physical life. In other words…you could care less.
Since I am definitely not apathetic, especially in the realm of politics and faith, I do not understand how people of faith can be apathetic.
There are many examples of bystanders who exemplify apathy. The Trail of Tears was a result of greedy men wanting land that hinted of holding gold so they forcibly removed other men and their families from their homeland to move them west. The Cherokee suffered horribly as they were driven by soldiers through the winter trail, many of them dying because of being exposed to the harsh weather. Inexcusable.
Being a bystander can sometimes mean that you were an accomplice to evil.
At the Nuremberg trials the Nazi officers tried to avoid responsibility for their actions by claiming that they were “just following orders”. Inexcusable. While it may be possible that many Germans did not know about the atrocities being perpetrated in the concentration camps the villages near to the camps knew and they did nothing. They didn’t want to “get involved”. Too few stood up to the Nazis. Too many were apathetic. Inexcusable.
The times that the KKK were actively persecuting blacks and Jews, even hanging them, and people did nothing to prevent the hateful actions…inexcusable.
This November 6th, Maine will be voting on Question 1: “Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?”
I’ve always noticed a trend of apathy among fellow Christians, but never so much as this year. Too many of them do not want to “get involved”. Worse than that, if that’s possible, I’ve been reading more letters-to-the-editor from self-professing Christians who are stating that they believe that the Bible supports homosexuality and therefore supports same-sex marriage. That is an outright lie from Satan.
If homosexuality was O.K. with God why did He send judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah? When the angels went to take Lot and his family out of there to escape the coming judgment, the men of the city came out and demanded that Lot send out his guest so that the men could rape them! When Lot’s pleas for them to stop this unnatural lust and leave his guests alone fell to deaf ears, he offered his virgin daughters for the men to rape! They turned down his offer and continued to demand Lot turn over his guests. The angels had to pull Lot back into the safety of the house and they struck the men with blindness. Even being blind they continued to search for the door to Lot’s house. As soon as Lot and his family were away from the city God obliterated Sodom and Gomorrah. In case you miss the point…that was not God’s stamp of approval on homosexuality, it was His stamp of judgment.
I have also heard people’s concerns about putting up lawn signs in favor of traditional marriage. These people fear retaliation from those who want same-sex marriage. People have expressed fear about putting the sticker on their car in case same-sex supporters keyed their car. Or they do not want the hassle of being labeled as “hatemongers”. I understand their concerns. Typically, I am not afraid to take a stand on issues that are important to me. This time, however, even I hesitated about putting a sticker on my car because of potential harassment.
Intimidation is a tactic that is used by same-sex marriage supporters. Businesses that have put up the sign for traditional marriage have been threatened. Treworgy Family Farm has been verbally attacked because they put a sign up. They did take the sign down because some of the people who would still support their business are afraid to come with their children because of the potential retaliation from some nut case. At least some of the leaders of Protect Marriage Maine have faced threats and harassment.
Make no mistake, the militant proponents of same-sex marriage do not just want to re-define marriage, and it’s not about equality, it’s about removing anyone from their path who disapproves of their lifestyle. If this passes in November eventually it will mean to you and me, “Either approve of us or keep your mouth shut”.
This is no time for apathy.