Sloths are so slow they're almost cute. At least, in the YouTube videos they are. Are human sloths so cute? Maybe not.
Have you felt the "hurry sickness" of frustration waiting behind someone in the check out line? Maybe it was the aisle at the grocery store or lawn and garden centre with their overloaded cart stuck in the middle blocking everything?
We don't often use the adjective of sloth much anymore. We tend to think simply of laziness. As an "absence of interest" or "habitual disinclination to exertion" (1), slothfulness is more akin to apathy...that which underlies laziness. Whereas most other of the seven deadly sins are sins of commission - this we do, slothfulness is a sin of omission - not doing what we should.
Dante, in his classic work Purgatorio, defines sloth as "The failure to love God with all one's heart...mind...soul." It is, he said, an "insufficiency of love." (1)
What does the Bible say about slothfulness, laziness and the like?
In our Sunday series this week, we're looking at Sloth vs Diligence. And the Bible has tons to say about these. More than we can insert in a meaningful way into the sermon. That would be overload. So I've added this blog to detail some of the passages that are helpful to those looking to go a little deeper after this morning of sharing from the Word. I pray you are blessed as you delve deep in the Word.
Here are a few zingers from Scripture: Proverbs 10:4, 12:27, 15:19, Matthew 25:25-30
There are so many in the wisdom literature of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, especially, that it is more prudent for me to simply redirect you to THIS page to read them all! (That's not slothful, because if I were being slothful I wouldn't even have taken the extra time to create this blog posting resource for you!). Go about half way down the page to "Laziness in the Bible." Amazing.
My wish, prayer and work for you is this: That you be virtuously diligent in all areas of your life - especially that of your spiritual walk, since that has greatest potential to empower your diligence in all other realms of life - and that you not be characterized by the vice of sloth in any way.
What could be the "theme verse" for this? Well, there could be many, but a central one is this:
(1) Wikipedia.org: Sloth (deadly sin)