Oh, yeah . . . before I go on to further slam our slothfulness, let me help you workaholics out there with what sloth is not. Being slothful is not equated with being able to relax. Okay, Mr. I’m-Two-Minutes-Away-from-a-Major-Frickin’-Heart-Attack Man?
There’s nothing wrong with chillin’ like a villain. As a matter of fact, there is a lot right about it. It’s right to lie on the beach, drink ice cold Coronas and not be demon possessed with what’s going on back at the office. It’s right to relax for several hours over dinner with your good friends making jest at people who do not believe like you do. It’s healthy for you and your wife to get away for a weekend of steamy hot relations (as Mother Klump would put it). That’s not slothfulness—that’s yumminess.
Slothfulness, one more time, is a careless apathy towards ideals that leads to a lethargic approach towards that which really matters in life.
So how does one fight off the noon-day demons, the mid-life malaise, the teenaged doldrums, and the bean burrito drowsiness? In The Sermon on the Mount, Christ tabled, in contrast to slothful soul sludge, a hunger and a thirst for righteousness.
Jesus, far from being a Pollyanna and far from ministering in easy and uncomplicated times, said one is “blessed” when in the midst of all the major crapola that’s going down on the planet, including all the bad religion, corrupt politics and war torn nations. He said one can still hunger and thirst for that which is right. Jesus said you’re fortunate when you can keep focused on ideals and hotly pursue them when circumstances are screaming for you to abandon all hope.
Spiritually myopic people move into sloth mode when they’re confronted with the above crud. They see problems as a nice out from activity. They can not see right when wrong is around. They can not hunger for ideals unless the conditions are idyllic. Their conscious or unconscious response when their world ceases to look like a Viagara commercial is, “Forget you guys. I’m moving to the desert.”
Christ, on the other hand, was fueled by selfless passion rooted in a firm persuasion that good will triumph over evil in time and in eternity. This caused him to be, let’s say, involved with what was happening in His day.
You don’t see Jesus dragging though life like Richard the III in passive indifference to that which was good, bad and ugly. He saw the ideal and saw what was currently being played out on the planet and being the unreasonable hopeful rebel that He was, He got a whip and started clearing the punks. If it wasn’t right, then Christ felt compelled to correct it instead of slothfully standing by and just watching.
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