Cultural Attitudes: Indifference Towards Life

For You From The Word

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! You are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold.
(Revelation 3:15-16, NIV)

For You To Think About

gosnell trial - empty media seatsA sensational trial’s gruesome testimony typically draws standing-room-only crowds as the public demands – and gets – every last grisly detail. Yet trial coverage was remarkable sparse during spring 2013, when daily graphic testimony filled the court room during the Dr. Kermit Gosnell murder trial. The abortion provider stood accused of killing babies born alive in attempted terminations.

One of the most telling images from the trial revealed empty seats in the Philadelphia court room’s reserved media section (right). An overwhelming number of our nation’s media outlets did not cover the proceedings. And the public did not demand to see them.

Can there be a more condemning picture of our nation’s growing indifference when it comes to life?

A “for” or “against” attitude may be right or wrong, but it is honest in its passion. Indifference is neither cold nor hot. It simply does not care.

Indifference, says God, is the infinitely more dangerous approach. Such an attitude does not seek truth, take a stand, or wrestle for what is right. It’s an absence of concern – even a disinterest – in what God values. An indifferent heart is one that has begun to harden.

God values life, but our indifferent culture does not even want to hear about the death of children born alive.

For You To Pray

Heavenly Father,
Forgive us for our indifference towards life. We cry out for Your mercy. Please touch hearts in our nation and prevent them from becoming hard. Move our hearts from indifference to care passionately about what moves You.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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