“So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16 TPT)
Napoleon Hill said, “ Indifference is usually reflected in one’s readiness to compromise on all occasions, rather than meet opposition and fight it.” Most times, some people take the stance of indifference in matters of destiny or social conscience because they lack the courage to fight the fight of faith or oppose the establishment in societal matters when necessary.
Like Pilate, they want to be neutral without being ultra in thinking and action. He tried to be indifferent when it mattered most – but wasn’t able to exculpate himself from blame. Till Jesus comes, whenever the Apostles’ Creed is said, it would be recited that Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate. What an eternal repugnant reputation!
Nothing has the same lethal effect on destiny, nation, institution or people like indifference. Isaiah in his prophecy graphically x-rayed the impact of indifference in society.
“You see and recognize what is right but refuse to act on it. You hear with your ears, but you don’t really listen…But his own people have been robbed and plundered, enslaved, imprisoned, and trapped. They are fair game for anyone and have no one to protect them, no one to take them back home.”
(Isaiah 42:20, 22 NLT)
And what more, indifference is a sin before God. It negates the Word of God. Hear what the Scripture says in clear terms:
“So if you know of an opportunity to do the right thing today, yet you refrain from doing it, you’re guilty of sin.” (James 4:17 TPT)
It’s more hideous a crime than the committal of a crime. An indifferent person is an accessory before and after the fact.
Indifference is the highest level of pretense, hypocrisy, wickedness and selfishness. It’s diametrically opposed to faith. Therefore, it displeases God. Hear this: The great enemy of faith is not always largely fear – but indifference.
I hate indifference because it’s inimical to growth and development of society. Our society is depraved, deprived, depreciated and deprecated because of the indifference of citizens. It has destroyed the very fabric of society.
I hate indifference because it has given voice to false religion, humanism, liberalism, vain philosophies and traditions of men. Our most holy faith is losing the fire and flavor of a counterculture.
I hate indifference because mediocrity has become authority. It’s now being celebrated over excellence. Education is debased and now a metaphor for ignorance.
Hear this: Indifference is not a virtue- it’s a vice. Indifference is not diplomacy- it’s self – deception. God abhors indifference. “But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” (Rev. 3:16 NLT)
My dear friend, you and I are the remnant that God has empowered to earnestly contend for the faith – lead the transformation crusade. And we can be the agents of change by doing the following:
1. Decide to be different.
2. Be intentional or deliberate about making a difference.
3. Embrace the different Spirit of Faith.
4. Renew your mind with the Word of Grace.
5. Begin to make the difference.
6. Increase your influence by identifying and collaborating with like-minded and like-valued people to make a difference.
If we’ll be careful to take these steps, the intensity or brightness of our light will illuminate our world as a result of our collaborative efforts.
I differ to be different in love, faith, deeds, speech and in all manner of conversation. Wouldn’t you rather join me to make a difference?
To making a difference,