Acts 20:9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.
I think the bigger problem in life arises when we are spiritually asleep. This does not mean you sleep in church, because I'm sure we've all done that before, despite efforts otherwise. Though we see from Eutychus' experience that it is not a good idea to sleep in church, We are not often still, and there you are, sitting and listening. But, that's simply human frailty... like the habit of yawning. Your brain is short of oxygen, because you are not moving around enough to breathe deeply. So, your respiratory organs get the message to take a deep breath, and a head full of oxygen. But, spiritual lethargy has its repercussions.
Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
People have different reactions to the things they hear and see everyday. On TV, for example, some people enjoy watching mysteries, and crime dramas, while others may not be able to watch for their own reasons, as Paul said in 1 Corinthians 8:8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. Jesus also explained in Matthew 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. Those who can't bear to see the crime shows may enjoy music that others would not care to listen to because they prefer to only listen to "Christian" music. This is not unusual, or even inconsistant, but it simply illustrates Paul's point. It is how it effects your heart and conscience. I believe the biggest problem comes in with the way we can be lulled to sleep in a sense to the real world around us. I've noticed that it is often easier to watch political intrigue and political upheaval on TV than it is to see it happen in the world around us. In the movie or book, you see the good guys and the bad guys. That is reassuring that all is well in the battle of good against evil. But, reality is not like that. People are human. It is not always easy to spot the wrong around us. Ethics get washed out in the laundry, much like laundered money, literally and figuratively. We wake up one day and find that right and wrong have changed. Probably the biggest task is staying sensitized tothe Word of God. I know whether I have veered or stayed on course by the effect that the Word has on my heart and ears when I open my Bible. Afterall, that's often a big wake-up call, no matter how long you have been churchified. No, they don't make reality shows about God do they? Have you ever wondered why? Probably because reality shows are not really reality. God is the ultimate reality.