The last few months weíve discussed tearing down walls in our lives. We stated that walls are buildings and fortresses built to keep something out - the walls in our homes protect us from the outside elements and dangers. Walls in fortresses or castles are there to protect from intruders and outsiders.
Our lives have walls also - we, too, build walls in our lives to protect us from others - those we deem intruders and/or outsiders. Some of these walls are subtle - we donít realize they are there, while others are thrown up intentionally and we sometimes even relish the fact that they are there. Unfortunately, walls tend to keep us from being effective for God. Walls can impede our progress and our growth and hinder us from being where God wants us to be. Weíve already discussed the walls of bitterness, backbiting and betrayal and prayerfully we are working toward tearing down those walls. There are, still, other walls that we need be mindful of and watchful for: walls of indifference, insincerity and ignorance.
WALLS OF INDIFFERENCE
Indifference has to do with a lack of concern, lack of interest, unresponsiveness - an ďI donít careĒ attitude. We tend to put up walls of indifference when we want others to know that it makes no difference to us whether they exist or not. Indifference leads to alienation and alienation leads to cliques and cliques lead to division and division ultimately leads to sin. Donít believe me? Let me illustrate: I am indifferent toward you - Iím unresponsive, I have a lack of concern and a lack of interest in you. I see you in church every Sunday but I act as if you arenít there. Youíre invisible to me - Iíll even go so far as to speak to almost everyone else in the church, all the while avoiding you. Then Iíll go to MY GROUP - those who I consider worthy of my interest and who feel as indifferent toward you as I do - and we become a clique that causes division - my group against your group and then the sin begins. We begin to run one another down - ďThey think theyíre this or thatĒ Now indifference has turned into all of the other things we previously talked about backbiting, bitterness and betrayal. A big mess! Does any of this sound familiar?
The question becomes, then, if indifference is my attitude toward you - a lack of concern, a lack of interest, unresponsive, ďI donít careĒ, can I truly say that I love you?
I Jn. 4:7-13 lays out the foundation for loving one another - true love for one another comes from God. If we love one another God dwells in us and his love is perfected in us. How can I profess to love God and act indifferent toward you as if you donít exist, as if you donít matter? Verse 13 says that we know that we dwell in Him and he in us because he hath given us His spirit? Having an indifferent heart toward another is definitely contrary to the Spirit of God that dwelleth in us! I Jn. 4:17-21 tells us that we lie if we say we love God and love not one another. Would you not question the love of your loved ones if they ignored you or acted as if you didnít matter? Hmmmmm. Why do we put up these walls of indifference?
Fear. For some reason we feel that we must protect ourselves so that others wonít hurt us - that is what walls do, donít they? However, we have to change our perspective and look at our lives through Christís eyes. He is the protector of our souls, the captain of our hearts - He has our best interest at heart. Can we really trust ourselves to do those things? Will our motives be as pure as His? Can we say that we are striving to be like Him if we are indifferent?
It might seem scary, but we will need to come out of our comfort zones and reach over the walls to each other. Maybe y you are not yet at the place where the walls are being completely torn down - but will you at least try to reach over them and embrace someone else with the love that Christ has placed in your heart?