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The Power of Doing Something

Spiritual Warfare Apathy Evil

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Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2014-07-22

Scripture: Romans 12:21

Author: Albert Einstein / Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

"The wold is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."

Albert Einstein 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity. He is regarded as the father of modern physics.

APPLICATION

Albert Einstein's words were spoken at a time when evil seemed to have an upper hand in the world. Communism and Fascism marched across much of Europe, while the rest of the world was left to choose how to respond.

The same struggle continues today. By God's design, there continues to be enough evil in the world to test those who have it in their power to do good. And by God's design, there continues to be enough good in the world to overcome those who have it in their hearts to do evil. 

So, the question is this: Will those who love good do what is in their power to do to overcome evil? God does not place the fate of the world in the hands of evil men, but in the hands of those who can and must do something to stop them.

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good' (Romans 12:21).

Subtle Killer

Lukewarm Apathy Indifference

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Contributed By: Ron Henson | Date Posted: 2014-07-10

Scripture: Revelation 3:16

Author: Ron Henson
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ILLUSTRATION

Every year between 60,000 and 200,000 people will die from a medical condition known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Usually the DVT occurs in a person's legs where blood has pooled, allowing a blood clot to form. Once formed, the danger is that the clot might circulate to the lungs or brain where it can cause respiratory failure or a stroke.

The tragic thing about DVT's is that they are not caused by irresponsible behavior, but by simply being inactive. Simply sitting or laying down too long is all it takes for one of these clots to form.

APPLICATION

There are sins of commission and then there are sins of omission. When we blatantly do those things that God forbids, we expect that there might be serious consequences. But, because sins of omission are so subtle, we tend to think of them as more benign. Nevertheless, sometimes it's the person who lays around and does nothing who faces the gravest danger. 

"So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth" (Revelation 3:16).

Illustration Exchange

China's Good Samaritan

Apathy Compassion Mercy

Source: “Chinese toddler dies a week after being hit by cars, ignored by passersby” By the CNN Wire Staff, October 20, 2011

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-06-09

Scripture: Luke 10:30

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

 A 2 year old Chinese toddler, Wang Yue, died today following injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident. Traffic video surveillance cameras show the tiny girl was struck, not once, but twice by two consecutive vehicles. The cameras also show that more than a dozen people ignored the injured child as she lay bloodied and battered on the street of a busy marketplace in Guangdong Province—they simply walked on by. 

Wang Yue was eventually tended to by a 58 year old female pedestrian identified as Granny Chen. She was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition, but, as reported, she did not survive.

The multiple hit-and-runs, and the ensuing lack of compassion on the part of the passersby, has led to international outcry against what is perceived as the negative societal byproducts of China’s rapidly changing society. The incident even resulted in the launching of a “Stop Apathy” campaign on Sina Weibo (China’s version of Twitter).

APPLICATION

We can be quick to blame this poor child’s death on China’s “rapidly changing society,” but compassion apathy is hardly new.  Long before Sina Weibo launched its “Stop Apathy” campaign, another voice of reason challenged the apathy of its day saying: 

“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” … An expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ … Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise" (Luke 10:30-37).

Broken Window Theory

Influence Apathy Love (Divine)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-05-24

Scripture: Hebrews 10:24 ; Titus 3:8

Author: GEORGE L. KELLING and JAMES Q. WILSON
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Don't Drift Away

Commitment Apathy Lukewarm

Contributed By: David Cranford | Date Posted: 2012-03-03

Scripture: Hebrews 2:1

Author: David Cranford
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Don't Need Purpose to Function?

Meaning of Life Christmas Apathy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-12-26

Scripture: Revelation 3:15 ; Zephaniah 1:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Spiritual Amnesia

Rememberance Gratitude Apathy

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2011-11-26

Author: Dr. Mitchell Dillon
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No Worries

Apathy Sin Spiritual Death

Contributed By: Zack Lee | Date Posted: 2011-08-25

Scripture: James 1:15 ; Romans 6:23

Author: Zack Lee
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Are You Ready For Company?

Procrastination Second Coming Spiritual Health

Contributed By: Bren Glass | Date Posted: 2018-07-13

Scripture: Matthew 24:44 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:4

Author: Bren Glass
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A Passion for Barney

Passion Influence Evangelism

Contributed By: Rob Tucker | Date Posted: 2018-02-20

Scripture: John 1:45 ; John 4:29

Author: Rob Tucker
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