If this doesn’t make you weep, you might be an atheist.
by Greg West
While formatting a recent post, I ran across a link to a website called, Godless Mom. Well, I have to say that title caught my attention and peaked my curiosity, so after I published the fore mentioned post, I hopped on over to Godless Mom to see what she was all about. What I hoped to possibly find was something perhaps along the lines of trying to raise kids to be good while having a worldview where “good” is simply an illusion; or maybe some arguments about why raising kids with an atheistic worldview is superior to raising kids with a Christian or theistic worldview, because after all, these are the kind of things we who call ourselves “Christian apologists”, love to sing our intellectual teeth into.
Instead of anything like that, what I did discover was what I suspected I’d find: a vitriolic hatred of Christianity and religion in general. Godless Mom has quite a few videos posted on her website, and I pretty much chose one at random to watch, and it’s called, 9 Signs You Might Be an Atheist. Again, I was hoping she would present something resembling an intellectual argument against a theistic worldview, but sadly, there was nothing of the sort.
I’m including her video here, and I hope you’ll watch it before I continue, but I must warn you that it includes quite a few expletives and otherwise offensive language:
My first gut reaction was nothing but pure disgust, which almost caused me to simply quit watching, dismiss it, and continue with my daily routine, because after all, I’ve heard all of this kind of hatred before. Much of what I run across in my line of work is this sort of attitude among the atheist community; a sort of celebration among themselves of their hatred for a God that they claim they believe does not exist. I’m not saying that this attitude is shared by all atheists, but one has to only start reading some of the comments in the comment section under the video to prove my point; but something compelled me to keep watching, and my attitude began to change from disgust into something else entirely…
At first, my disgust turned to pity. Before I became a follower of Christ and was an apathetic agnostic, I would have been completely baffled by this woman’s hatred, after all, one only need to see a video of, or read about someone like Mother Teresa, or others like her caring for the world’s most afflicted and rejected—what’s there to hate about that? But as a Christian believer, I now understand this kind of hatred, because I too, once hated God, although that is not how I chose to express it.
I hated God because God didn’t want me to be myself. I hated God because I was in love with my sin, and God wants us to turn from our sin and change us into something else, something better than a pig who loves to wallow in its own filth. The so-called “progressive” Christians love to tout the mantra that, “God loves you just the way you are”, but that is only a partial truth, and a partial truth is no better than a lie. The whole truth, according to God, is that God loves you just the way you are, but he doesn’t want you to stay that way.
Three verses came to my mind as I continued watching this video:
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. (John 15:18-19) and,
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
As I pondered these verses while I continued to watch the video, as I said, my disgust (a completely understandable reaction) began to change into something else. As I said, at first it was pity. Pity for this poor woman (and so many others like her who lives with that kind of hatred from day to day—oh, how that would eat me alive from the inside out—but then my pity also turned into something else; something similar to pity but better: Compassion. A God-given compassion for the lost. I say, “God-given”, because I know that within my own hard heart, my desire is to have nothing but contempt for Godless Mom and her worldview, but with “God-given” compassion, God turns my heart to clay, opens my eyes, and helps me see Godless Mom as he sees her. Not with disgust or contempt, but with loving compassion.
Right along with me, this woman was on Jesus’ mind just as much as I was as he suffered on the cross; his desire for her to come to him is as great as his desire for me to come to him. When it was prophesied that Jesus would come to “set the captives free and cause the blind to see” (Isaiah 42:7, Luke 4:18), it didn’t mean that Jesus was coming to simply let people out of jail and heal physical blindness; he came to set people free who are being held captive by lies and who are being blinded by the “god of this age”, who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
It was with this realization that I began to weep before the video was done, and after it was done, I was driven to my knees in prayer for a renewed compassion for the lost and to ask forgiveness for ever harboring contempt in my heart for atheists like Godless Mom and countless others like her, who are filled with hatred of the things of God.
We tend to watch a video like this one and write people like Godless Mom off as hopelessly lost, but they’re not, because with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). God can change the hardest heart of even the most hate filled atheist, skeptic, and unbeliever. I know this as I’ve seen it happen time and time again, as it will continue to happen.
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