Have you ever had anyone sarcastically say those words to you? Usually you are trying to pass on some information to them or are asking them to respond to a question, and they sharply retort, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”
Sad to say, but this is what many people do concerning their religion. They may be in a religious organization that is not truly or totally following God’s will. By serving and worshiping at such a place, they are proclaiming concerning the truth of God’s Word, “I don’t know it and/or I don’t care what it says.” They are either ignorant of the Bible’s teachings (and don’t care to learn it) or they know what it says, but choose to ignore it or simply explain it away.
Many are like the ones Paul lamented for in Rom. 10:2-3, “For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.”. As a result of this type of thinking and practice, they are lost (see Rom. 10:1).
Many others know what the Scriptures teach, they simply choose not to follow them. They, as Peter describes in his second epistle, “willingly are ignorant” (2 Pet. 3:5, KJV). Or they “twist” the teachings of the Bible to fit their own desires, but it is “to their destruction” (2 Pet. 3:16).
Pertaining to religious matters, how arrogant (and foolish) is the phrase “I don’t know and I don’t care!” How tragic it is to see so many who will be destroyed for their lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). How sad it is to see so many thumb their nose at God’s plan of salvation, pattern for worship, purpose of church work, etc. How “excuseless” will those be who knew God’s will and chose to disregard it.
Let each of us endeavor to be people who want to know and always care about what the Bible says!
“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them…” (Eph. 4:17-18)