As far as laziness goes, the United States hardly seems slothful. We work more hours, we take less vacation time, we run the rat race with pride and brag about how little sleep we have gotten over the last week. So how could we possibly be committing the sin of sloth?
Sloth refers to a kind of boredom, to a sluggishness in our souls. It means we want to avoid the exertion required to create something good in our lives, whether a mental exertion to write something down or a spiritual exertion to spend time with God in prayer. But sloth is not a sin against man, but against God. it has nothing to do with the time clock and everything to do with keeping the dignity and inherent good God desires for us. Which means sloth can happen even when we are working so hard. Essentially, sloth is a failure to fulfill all of our basic duties, and while one duty of our human vocation is to work, another is to take leisure time.
A Netflixaholic may seem like the obvious answer for who is slothful, but so is a workaholic who doesn't make time for his family or for his God. We need both work and leisure to truly and effectively pursue God. But if sloth is this sneaky, how do we know when it is interfering with our relationship with Christ.
Does God, family, and work all receive their proper time?
Attending church, sharing family meals, and working hard are all important, But you need to be certain to give each thing its proper time and place in your life. Check in with your priorities. Are you treating them as thus? At its very core, sloth is simply not giving each everything its due time, which interferes with our ability to live fully in Christ.