“I don’t care,” has become a common phrase heard throughout our world. It may be for something as simple as what do you want for dinner or as big as defaming a person’s character and not caring. There is an anonymous quote that says, “The opposite of love is not hate, it is apathy. Apathy is when you would do nothing for someone. Love is when you would do anything.” The biggest problem in our world today is that more and more people care less and less about anything.

What has led us to the point that we could care less about anything? What has caused a whole generation to lose compassion?

Apathy and indifference are two terms that are used when talking about our problems. These words are related but exactly the same. Both of these words can mean lack of interest, but apathy has a deeper element. It can mean to suppress passion or emotion. You may have experienced stepping into a room full of people and trying to figure out the crowd so that you will fit in. So there you are standing in the room, thinking about how you can act or change to fit in. Apathy leads people to disregard what they care about because they want to fit in.

There has to be a better way to operate. There must be some way that we can start to break away from cynicism, apathy and indifference. Christians must look to Jesus the author and perfector of our faith.

Jesus often times looks around and has compassion on people. Compassion is caring in action. It takes caring to the next step. You see something wrong and then you do something to correct it. Jesus comes across two blind men who are sitting by the side of the road. They call out to him numerous times but the crowd basically tells them to shut up. Jesus hears them, and says, “What do you want me to do for you?” The crowds were willing to pass by without helping, without caring about these two blind men, but Jesus was different. Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes and they could see.

How can we start to stand out from the crowd? How can Christians become the ones known for their compassion, or caring in action?

Spend some time today thinking about caring. Leave your comments about a strategy that we can start to take to stand out from the crowds. It’s time to end apathy and start caring again!