An Indifferent Life

Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field.
An Indifferent Life
[Esau] is completely smug and chooses a kind of life that is not irksome or difficult but pleasant and showy. . .. Such ungodliness and smugness follow when the Word of God is despised and is not made use of. People become atheists, Epicureans [those who are interested in material pleasure and allowing passion free reign], and bereft of reason. The examples of even very excellent people prove this. David was a very saintly man and most ardent in his worship of God. But how quickly he is driven to adultery, murder, and blasphemy! For to be asleep with regard to the Word of God is to open the window to the devil. Therefore we have been commanded to be watchful, as is written in 1 Peter 5:8: "Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." And Ephesians 5:15 says: "Look carefully, then, how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time." Sluggishness and indifference in sacred matters have often resulted in the greatest lapses and in horrible sins.
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