Have you ever found yourself in a conversation and you realize that the person to whom you are speaking is asleep? …Not literally, of course, but in nearly every other way. Am I the only one tempted to YELL, “WAKE UP!” Sometimes I try to nudge the person into consciousness. Other times, I stop talking altogether. Truth is, some people prefer sleep.
Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!
Wail, all you drinkers of wine;
wail because the new wine,
for it has been snatched from your lips. —Joel 1:5
As I grow in knowing myself for myself, I gain greater clarity about what works for me as I mature in my Christian faith. In doing so, I consciously monitor what I entertain and what I allow to entertain me. It is important because it is easy to become desensitized to things that should be disturbing. For example, passing a homeless person on the street should be troubling to our spirit, especially in a country purporting to be as rich as ours. Seeing a person mistreated—e.g. police brutality, domestic violence, child abuse, verbal abuse, bullying, etc.— should be unsettling. Truth is, many Christians are unbothered.
I am not to say what you should be passionate about in the name of the Lord. It may be different for each of us. His direction, however, may cause you at times to be the lone one standing out. What may be acceptable to the masses may not be approved in your spirit. What are you going to do? If you keep compromising your soul, do not be surprised if one day someone is talking to you and after nudging becomes quiet. You say you are Christian. Don’t sleep on God.