Have you turned on the news and watch a horrible event go down and yet you felt detached from the situation? Are you happy and content with where you are in life? Do you struggle to feel empathy towards the news around you?
I grew up in a Christian home, raised by some amazing parents. They home schooled my brothers and sister all our years in school. My father worked hard to provide for our family and for as long as I can remember, we never went starving for food. My parents have stayed together and had a healthy marriage which the modeled to us.
Because of this, it was easy for me to be comfortable in my life. Some people might call this living in a bubble.
From middle school on up, I went on some international mission trips and that helped me see what the World was like. But it is still easy for me to be content and happy with life.
While reading through the book Amos, I read a few verses that convicted me on my view of the world and culture as a Christian in America.
Amos 6:4 “Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory and stretch themselves out on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock and calves from the midst of the stall, 5 who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp and like David invent for themselves instruments of music, 6 who drink wine in bowls and anoint themselves with the finest oils [Lotion], but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!
Over the course of the last few years and this past summer (2015) we have become more aware of the declining morality of our world and nation.
We have learned:
- There are over 27 million people in human trafficking across the world and the majority in sex trafficking
- The rate of people going hungry in America and in the World
- The divorce rate has sky rocketed over the years
- The detrimental affects of pornography
- The legalization of same-sex marriage
- The Planned Parenthood Videos that came out summer 2015
- More awareness to the mass murder of Children through abortion
As news broke out this summer regarding the Planned Parenthood videos, it caused lots of attention to be drawn to the serious subject of abortion. While the pro-life crowd gained much support, there were still many who were unmoved by this news and did nothing.
As believers we are called to action. We are called to be doers of the Word and not hearers only (James 1:22). So then why do we not act?
According to Amos, we are too content with our lives and have become complacent.Complacency is the enemy of action. Click To Tweet
As Christians, have we become too complacent to take action against societal injustices?
We live in nice houses, drive adequate vehicles, never struggle for food, go to a nice church, have a great job, and have a nice house. But do we look, see or care that our neighbor is losing their house and family because of an affair. Do we care about the abortions that are happening around us? Do we care about the sex trafficking that is happening in our backyard (our city)?
It is easy to think that these issues will never affect us. That abortion, pornography, hunger, sex trafficking and others are a distant problem.
But just like in Amos day, these problems are here.
Now is time for the church to awaken from complacency and rise to action.
How have your found yourself complacent when these issues went down this year?
How have you taken action?