“Is it nothing to all you who pass this way? Look and see if there is any pain like my pain…” (Lamentations 1:12).

A bumper sticker read: “America’s greatest problem is apathy…but who cares.” For believers, indifference is an attitude we must battle or else it becomes an indictment against us. The prophet, Amos, spoke of it when he criticized Israel for being “at ease in Zion” and not being “grieved at the affliction Joseph.” John warned of it when he described the church at Laodicea as being “neither hot nor cold.” The most graphic description of an uncaring spirit is to be seen when the community of faith is so preoccupied with their own problems and pain that they become indifferent to the grief of those around them. We can never make a difference with attitudes of indifference. We must be the ones who care.

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