Through many social media posts and articles shared, I came across a clip from a Robin William's movie that I had never seen. I do not know the exact context of the movie reference, but the clip was powerful enough on it's own. It spoke of indifference, something that has been on my mind for the past year now when looking at our culture, our church or even our friendships.
There is a pattern I have noticed in our culture, especially in the youth (my age range included). No one wants to care too much. Caring makes you feel responsible and leaves you vulnerable. It can hurt... it can hurt a lot. There is a popular song by Icona Pop that speaks of being fed up in a relationship and the main lyrics are, "I don't care! I love it!" The idea of not caring and loving it has charmed our generation. To be indifferent is to be happy, or so we hear from all around us.
Indifference is selfishness, it is saying that my life and interests are superior to you and yours. We let it motivate our decisions, our outlook and fill our lives. The issue with this is love cannot co-exist with indifference, they are opposites. You cannot be indifferent towards someone and love them. You cannot be indifferent about the conflict in the Middle East and care for the people there. You cannot be indifferent about the church and love the Lord. You cannot be indifferent towards your friends and invest in them. Where there is indifference there is no love. Where there is no love there is no joy. Our selfishness is what is robbing us of our joy and leaving in it's place bitterness and depression.
Robin William's depression has been described as a disease, but from his own mouth we hear of what was deemed as the worst disease, indifference. Yes, this was a scripted movie, but it is in someways a reality. Indifference is a disease, it spreads quickly, affecting us wholly, not even needing an injury or insult to exist. Indifference is contagious, we need the smallest of motivations to suddenly loose our desire to care. It is the eye for an eye mentality of they did not care, so why should I? We let it overtake us and do not see that indifference brings hate in our own life, causes us to hurt others and leaves in us an emptiness.
There is a simple solution to fighting indifference... love. Jesus showed us the ultimate love, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends." He cared for us to the point of dying for us. He truly laid down His life in every sense of the word. Can we not lay down our lives, our selfishness and pursuits for those around us? Can we not break the bonds of indifference to show love to those around you, whether family, friend or stranger?
Love brings unity, casts out fear, covers all wrong, is patient, kind, protects, trusts and hopes while persevering... Love never fails.
(Colossians 3:14, 1 John 4:18-19, Proverbs 10:12, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13:4,1 Corinthians 13:7)
There is no way to love while being indifferent. A choice has been set before all of us... choose love, choose life.
For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off... I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life. (Deuteronomy 30:11,15,16,19)