I have to admit that I have often used this word but don’t know if I have every really looked up the definition. I was actually surprised at the definition that Merriam-Webster gives for this word.
1: self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies when it comes to safety, complacency can be dangerous.
2: an instance of usually unaware or uninformed self-satisfaction
Even though I work with churches around the country regarding safety and security, when I first think of complacency what comes to mind is how so many people who profess to be a Christian have become so complacent in their belief and walk with God. They are the ones that are not “picking up their mana” daily and are starving as believers. They don’t really have a relationship with God, or understand what that is, and only talk with God over a meal or when they need something. These are the people that think they know what the Bible says because someone else has told them what it says or doesn’t say in a message or on the screens on Sunday mornings. These are the people that are quick to pass judgement without really taking a look at what the Bible has to say and are relying on their own “wisdom” or “feelings”. I know this person because I was this person at one point. I grew up in church and believed I knew all the answers and could just live life like I wanted too and was complacent about what God truly has to say and the relationship that he desires with me. The definition above, that complacency can be dangerous could not be truer as I saw firsthand how my complacency nearly destroyed my marriage years ago.
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