What about the good citizens of Rome?
Did they rise up and claim the foul? Did they march on the national monument? Did they get celebrities to launch an internet campaign? Did they have a Popeye moment and proclaim, "I've had all I can standz, and I cant's standz no more!?!?"
They went to the colliseum.
They chose to watch in person the mindless violence we pay $10 to see in a movie.
And in the end... they stood idle while evil and selfishness destroyed their world.
In our lifetime each of us may be faced with a similar situation of clarity. Destructive forces are at work all around us, from our neighbors who sit on the brink of divorce while we watch from our porches to pornography being available to kids via a few quick keystrokes. Those are the easy ones to spot, not to mention the greed, hate, bitterness, sexual brokenness, and lust that swell beneath many of our lives.
What if apathy wasn't an option? What if we had to choose a side? To either be all out or all in about the things God cares about?
Because I don't like choosing sides.
And yet... we have to, don't we?
Otherwise by our indifference... we've chosen a side.
So the question is will you leave your footprints on the history of time as a proactive redeemer of the way things are created to be? Or will you let such ideals be washed away by the tides of more charismatic men and women?
There is a cross... and on it held a man named Jesus. It was a stake in the ground that had meaning and continues to do so even today.
Embrace his invitation to let your life shine like the stars in the universe.
With the cross comes ownership.
"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth... Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." (Revelation 3:15-16,