Why are you and I atheists? Well, we are unbelievers in the things people of the New Normal put their faith in. For example, science is not our god. Science is magnificent at discovering what God created, but as a religion it lacks cohesion and astonishes in its instability.
We don’t worship humanity. We love people, but humanity cannot save itself. We are but dust. “For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.” (Psalm 103:14) We don’t believe in giving food to people that are unwilling to work. “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10 NLT)
Christians are evil?
And then there the whole problem we have with the gods of this New Normal.
A few of the pantheon of gods that the New Normal expects everyone to worship are sex without boundaries, coercive power, and gaudy piety. If we don’t kneel at the alters of these gods, then we are atheists to the believers in the New Normal. As if being an atheist isn’t bad enough, we are also antisocial misfits. By our actions, we demonstrate dogmatic doctrines designed to damage the duties owed to the New Normal.
Now you may think I’m just using hyperbole to make a point, but I’m not. As believers in Jesus, we are just the latest in the long line of Christians that the world both hates and is perplexed by. For the New Normal, the gods of this world seem self-evident and providers of fun lives. The first-century Christians were also seen as atheists and social troublemakers. The Apostle Peter wrote:
Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.1 Peter 2:12
Slander is the norm
The “when they speak against you” wasn’t a warning or a prophecy. It was a comment about the world in which Christians live. The Apostle goes on to write:
You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you.1 Peter 4:3-4 (NLT)
Family, co-workers, friends, and the general public slander believers while crowds cheer them on. Teaching abstinence before marriage, life at conception, and teaching temperance in all things, Christians aren’t just “no fun,” our message is a tangible threat to the New Normal.
The good news is that some people will see the life of a believer and seek Jesus. So, let’s be like Paul and Silas when they were in prison (Acts 16:25, 30): About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them…Then he [the jailer] brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
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