‘Apathy’ 2013 cause of the year


Of course, maybe you don’t want to be bothered with writing an article about apathy. We would certainly understand. We’re not really that excited about the theme either. And if we don’t care, then there’s probably no reason for you to care either.

Is apathy a bigger problem than ignorance? We don’t know and we don’t care. But by doing a quick Google search before losing interest, we learned that Rev. 3:16 is a key verse about apathy. It says, “because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” There are probably a lot of other important verses about apathy too, mentioning the “waywardness of the naive” and the “complacency of fools.” You can look them up if you want to. Or not. It doesn’t really matter to us much one way or the other.

At EPA’s 2014 convention, we will give special “Higher Goals” awards for the best articles about apathy published during 2013. You might want to plan an article so you have something to enter. Or not. No big deal.

If you’re having trouble getting revved up to plan an article, you might want to watch this video of Keith Green’s “Asleep in the Light,” which has the great line “How can you be so dead, when  you’ve been so well fed?” Then again, sometimes you’re just not in the mood to be challenged spiritually. So never mind. Just forget we said anything.

We live in an age of so-called “slacktivism,” where we’re willing to “Like” caring for the poor on Facebook just as long as nobody expects us to like it in real life. Often we can’t even be bothered to share the life-changing message of the Gospel. Where does our lack of passion come from? How can we find our passion again? How can we encourage ourselves and others to move from apathy to action?

We’ll look forward to seeing what EPA members come up with for this theme. But we won’t be looking forward to it with much energy. We just have a lot of other stuff going on now. Hope you understand.