Summary: Most people respond to Christ in one of two ways: casual attitude or committed action.
CASUAL ATTITUDE OR COMMITTED ACTION?
INTRO.- ILL.- A preacher was riding on a plane filled with people and cigarette smoke. (Of course, this had to be some time ago since we know that smoking is now banned on airplanes.) The preacher knew he would have to take a bath, and send his clothes to the cleaners. He felt like he had been charcoal-broiled, Burger King style.
Suddenly he turned to a woman and said, "Would you like to chew my gum for awhile?" The lady was insulted. "What in the world do you mean?" she snapped. The preacher calmly replied by saying, "I’ve been smoking your secondhand smoke ever since we left the city. I thought you might want my secondhand gum."
Brothers and sisters, that is what I call "indifference." Many people are completely indifferent to those around them. They don’t know and they don’t care. They don’t know who they are and they don’t care who they are. And they don’t care if their smoke gets in someone else’s face.
Indifference is bad. It’s a bad trait in anybody. It’s a bad attitude. If Scripture teaches us anything at all about life it teaches us that we are to be considerate of the people around us: at home, at work, at play, etc.
Rom. 12:10 "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves." We are not quick to do that, but we should be.
Indifference is bad when it is aimed at people. It’s worse when it is aimed at God.
Our text deals with the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The words "triumphal entry" indicate a good response to Jesus, but it wasn’t always that way.
PROP.- Most people respond to Christ in one of two ways:
1- Casual attitude
2- Committed action
I. CASUAL ATTITUDE
ILL.- Dr. Margaret Mead, distinguished anthropologist and author, made a very interesting observation in an address some time ago. She pointed out that for a long time it was the universal custom to say on parting: "Good-bye," which is a shortened form of "God be with you." Today it is quite common instead to say: "Take it easy."
Many people have the "take it easy" attitude about a lot of things in life. Don’t take it seriously. Take it easy.
This is also the attitude, the casual attitude that many people have toward God and Christ and the church. Don’t worry about it. Don’t take it seriously. Take it easy!
People did not always respond positively to Jesus. To His life, to His ministry, to His love.
John 6:66 "From this time many of his disciples (followers) turned back and no longer followed him."
Some disciples stopped following Jesus because they didn’t like or receive His teaching. It’s easy to have an indifferent or casual attitude when you don’t like what is being taught.
ILL.- The young preacher thrilled his congregation with his first sermon. But the next Sunday he preached the same message. And the third Sunday he preached it again. Finally, one of the deacons was getting concerned. He went to the young minister and asked, "That’s a great sermon you’ve been preaching, but don’t you have another sermon you could preach?"