Indifference is a slippery slope
By Teresa LeNeave
Indifference toward God has plagued the world since the beginning of time. When Malachi, the final book of the Old Testament was written, the spiritual condition of the people was deplorable. The big question in the minds of the people was, "Is God really good?" And, the big question in the mind of God was, "Why are you offering me your worse?" He said, "You're bringing me sacrifices you wouldn't even offer to your governor! Should I accept this from your hand?"
The people seemed to have a problem with God and God definitely had a problem with the people.
Why was that?
First, devotion to God had diminished. That's as prevalent in churches today as it was in Malachi's day. They didn't put any thought into what they brought to God. Any ole sacrifice would do. Stolen, lame, or sick; it didn't matter. They brought him their worse.
Second, the people had a mechanical approach to worship. Out of duty, and probably habit, they offered sacrifices that were plainly unacceptable. God asked, "When you offer the blind as a sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?"
The people were selfish and prideful, yet they blamed God for the conditions around them. They blamed him for their problems. That, too, is as prevalent in churches today as it was in 586 BC.
Third, they were delinquent in their tithing. They gave when it was convenient or when they wanted to. Tithing was not a priority to them. This, too, is an indictment against people in our day.
God chides them for not tithing and even accuses them of "robbing from God". Then, a surprising thing happens. God actually invites them to prove him on the principle of tithing. He said, "Try me now in this ... see if will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such a blessing there will not be room enough to contain it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, says the Lord of hosts."
God said the whole nation was being disciplined because they didn't fear or honor him. And, yet, he offers to bless them if they will turn to him with an honest heart. He promises the same thing to us. He said, "Return to me, and I will return to you ".
Indifference is a slippery slope. Are you willing to risk your soul, your life, for the opportunity to set God on a shelf to use in an emergency? God promises if we honor him, he will honor us. As time marches on, we will need him more than ever. Will we be willing to set aside time to honor, love and respect God or will we live indifferent lives? Will we offer our best or our worse? Or, will we offer anything at all? We each must decide: how important will God be in my life?
Just remember indifference is a slippery slope.