Summary: Using the true story of Kitty Genovese as the illustration, this sermon deals with the apathy many Christians have about the Lost.
I DON’T CARE
1 In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying,
2"Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying: ’This people says, "The time has not come, the time that the LORD’S house should be built." ’ "
3Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying, 4"Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?"
5Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: "Consider your ways!
6"You have sown much, and bring in little;
You eat, but do not have enough;
You drink, but you are not filled with drink;
You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm;
And he who earns wages,
Earns wages to put into a bag with holes."
7Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Consider your ways!
8Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may
take pleasure in it and be glorified," says the LORD.
9"You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it
home, I blew it away. Why?" says the LORD of hosts. "Because of My house
that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house.
10Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth
withholds its fruit.
11For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and
the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and
livestock, and on all the labor of your hands."
12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him; and the people feared the presence of the LORD.
13Then Haggai, the LORD’S messenger, spoke the LORD’S message to the people, saying, "I am with you, says the LORD."
14So the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the LORD of hosts, their God,
15on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month, in the second year of King Darius.
The prophet Haggai addressed a particular spiritual condition
that prevailed among the people of God
who had returned to Jerusalem after the 70 years exile in Babylon.
They had Spiritual apathy.
God’s Work was being Neglected.
God’s People Were Contented.
Empty Excuses were being offered for not doing God’s work.
The root causes of their spiritual apathy --
Self-centeredness, Worldly-mindedness, and Ungratefulness.
Why do you suppose many church seats are empty today?
Why do so many pastors leave their churches?
Why do so many churches have to eventually close?
Why do so many people die and their souls go to hell?
Today I’m going to tell you another true story. Kitty Genovese was a 28-year-old woman who lived in Queens, New York. Her home was in a quiet residential neighborhood. Kitty was employed as the manager of a bar. When the bar closed shortly before 3:30 a.m. on March 13, 1964, Kitty got into her car and returned to her home. She parked her car in a lot adjacent to her apartment building and began to walk the 30 yards through the lot to her door. Noticing a man at the far end of the lot, she paused. When he started toward her, Kitty turned the other way and tried to reach a police call box half a block away. The man caught and stabbed her. She started screaming, "Oh my God, he stabbed me! Help me!" Lights went on in the apartment building across the street. Windows opened. One man called out, "Let that girl alone!" The assailant shrugged and walked away. Windows closed and lights went out.