Summary: Focuses on the sin of Sloth
The Seven Deadly Sins Part 6: Sloth
This is part six of the “Seven Deadly Sins”. This morning we will cover several scriptures that will hopefully give you a good idea of how God views laziness, especially from a spiritual standpoint. Zeal is the energetic response of the heart to God’s command. However, sin works to deaden the spiritual senses so we first become slow to respond to God and then drift completely into the sleep of complacency. Many Christians have fallen into complacency or “spiritual laziness” because of offenses, being tired of fighting or just “not having the time” to focus on God because of being too busy living. The end result, regardless of the reason, is the same – we get nothing done for God.
Most people think of sloth as laziness, not doing much of anything, but just sitting around doing nothing. Some stay busy most of the time but don’t do the things they should, putting them off for later. They may actually be staying busy doing something they like so they can have an excuse. Webster defines sloth as “laziness; idleness…” Sloth is a kind of spiritual laziness (as opposed to mere physical fatigue or depression). It means not making it a priority to do what we should, or change what we should in ourselves. Some people might call it apathy, which means a lack of feeling.
An example might be a parent that always send their child to be early so they can have lots of quiet time to play solitaire or watch TV. Perhaps they could let the child stay up a little later and play a game with them or read. Or perhaps they always tell their child “No!” without taking the trouble to explain why. Another example could be someone active in a political movement. Perhaps they don’t bother to read other opinions and so they never question whether their group is right or wrong. As a result, they could support some very wrong beliefs because they never tried to find the truth. In business, some people never check into the laws to see if their practices are illegal. For Christians, we sometimes don’t really want to know what the Bible (or our Church) teaches about something, so we put off reading or asking about it. Sometimes even our children instead of completely reading an assignment before taking a test will only review the summary of the material instead.
Sloth is also quite possibly the main reason why people don’t read good spiritual books, especially their bibles. They will read Christian fiction and every other type of fiction/non-fiction books, but it is very hard for them to consistently read something to feed their spirits. As we evaluate some of the Scriptures to gain God’s view of the sluggard, remember that oftentimes vices are disguised as virtues. So sloth is often disguised as calmness, serenity, keeping a level head, open mindedness, etc. If sloth is the reality, people will get very defensive. Or maybe not, for if the problem is sloth, it is too much effort to defend it. Lets take a look at what Solomon says about the sluggard.