Q: What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?
A: I don’t know and I don’t care.
Corny, I know, but it does make a point.
For followers of Jesus Christ, sometimes ignorance of a situation is acceptable, but apathy is never an option. In other words, you may not know what’s happening around you, but once you know, you’re on the hook. You cannot do nothing. Especially when people need help.
Nowhere in Scripture will you ever see something like this:
- “If you feel like helping the poor, go for it. If you don’t feel like it, that’s okay.”
- “It’s okay to look away from the hurting.”
- “If you’re too busy to get involved, God will understand.”
- “If it makes you uncomfortable to see that, just pretend you didn’t see it.”
Nope. I cannot do that and call myself a follower of Jesus.
Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins. (James 4:17)
The consistently righteous man knows and cares for the rights of the poor…. (Proverbs 29:7 AMP)
The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don’t care at all. (Proverbs 29:7 CEV)