My husband and I were invited by a friend, and Liberty Church Community member, to attend the Restore Fall Benefit Dinner at the Tribeca Rooftop last September. Restore believes that 'sex trafficking is a problem that has a solution.'
Besides being in awe of the good work that Restore is doing, that line got me thinking... If there is a solution to a problem I face, or that we, as a society face, I cannot afford to be indifferent. Nothing changes around me when I stop having genuine care and concern for the plight of humanity.
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference." - Elie Wiesel
Indifference kills transformation; personal transformation and societal transformation.
It's hard to take action when we're indifferent. It's hard to break free from the lies that hold us captive if we're indifferent. It's hard to bring freedom to others when we're indifferent, and comfortable in our comfort.
Jesus came to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable, so maybe it's time for us to shake things up at the start of 2018. Ask yourself, "Where have I been indifferent in areas of my life that really matter? And what can I do to make one change today?" It could be as simple as having a conversation with someone you've been avoiding. It could be choosing to give your time, talent or treasure to a cause that is worthy. It could be choosing that bible reading plan you've been avoiding because you've already decided you'll fail. It could be a personal goal that you'd like to achieve, but have found yourself thinking over and over again, "It's not a big deal." That mindset indicates that you've stepped into a form of indifference. Maybe it's time to stop waiting for someday, when...
The truth is, we may just change the world as we become resolute that we will not walk, stand, or sit in indifference when it comes to the things that really matter.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead