Ok ok so perhaps I’m an idealist? But hey that is what my blog is for, where I can express my idealist views.
More and more the debate between Christians and Atheists rages on. In the headlines we see “Atheists sues to take out God out of pledge of allegiance” and then of course we see the Christian’s response in other comments and headlines. We see it in the media all the time. This war it seems that comes up every so often (especially around the holidays) Atheists attempting to take the word “God” out of everything and Christians trying to put the word “God” in everything. My question is why can’t we just get along? This is my letter to the Atheists and then next to the Christians.
To my Atheists friends
Why, Why, Why, Why WHY! I truly don’t get it. Taking God out of the pledge of allegiance? I lovingly say that you are in the minority (perhaps growing but still in the minority) on this issue. the majority of Americans believe in some kind of God (granted it could be a different god, many different religions are represented in America, but never the less most Americans believe in some form of a higher power) Having the word “God” in a pledge, or on a dollar bill is not religion, it’s a general belief held by MOST people in the world. There is no way to beat around the bush you guys are on the fringe of the belief system and you can’t dictate to an entire nation what can and can not be in our pledge or on a dollar bill just because you choose not to believe in God (Might I also mention that before you deny the existence of God you first have to acknowledge there is a possibility that He exists, to deny is first to affirm then to reject that belief.) It is impossible to deny anything without first being aware of it. But that is for another time.
Further more, why this anger towards religion? Does it really bother you that much to hear the word “God” in the pledge? Then just don’t say God, also if you truly celebrate diversity then you will celebrate the life change many many people have experienced due to an encounter with God. Diversity is dangerous because it means accepting things you don’t actually agree with. You can’t be open minded when it is convenient to you and then shun people that hold a worldview that si completely opposite to yours. I guess I just don’t understand why there is such a hostile movement coming from the atheists. You are free to believe almost anything you want here in the states, you can believe in the flying spaghetti monster, or in nothing beyond us. It really doesn’t matter what you believe, you don’t face jail time, you’re protected by our constitution, you can burn the flag, you can put the flag on a pole in your yard, you can say the pledge, you don’t have to say the pledge. Do whatever you want, you already have that freedom! But no, instead now Americans have to deal with your obsession for taking the word “God” out of everything public. It’s ridiculous because ultimately until you start massacring people (Not that you ever would) you can’t eradicate the belief of God.
To my Christian Family.
Change the focus! It is not necessarily proving to someone that you are right and they are wrong My gosh I’m so exhausted from hearing and seeing debates about God with other people who are not Christians. Ultimately God is the one who calls people right? It is our job to love people like crazy, to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Instead we get in to debates about what is true, what is not true. God is true, and we believe that, and God has called us to be the light of the world, not the annoying pests that keep telling people to repent or face Hell. We are called to be goodness, to literally be workers in the kingdom of God bringing heaven to earth, restoring people to Jesus. I’m not saying we can’t talk about Hell, I’m not saying we can’t affirm Hell. What I am saying is that most people here in our culture already know about Hell, they already know that Christians believe that Hell is forever and eternal. Let us not forget that without love we are a clanging cymbal (1 Corinthians 13) I really hate when people say “the gospel is offensive” it is? The word gospel means Good News! How the heck is good news offensive? And where is that in the scripture? And don’t give me Galatians 5:11 because Paul was under persecution from the Jewish people, not from the pagans. The same goes for Jesus, the pagans did not crucify Jesus. The chosen people of God in the Old Testament (A.K.A the Israelites) crucified Jesus. Our “good news” should be a breath of fresh air to a dying world, not more death. It’s time to communicate and to show people that God wants people restored to Him! This is the crux of the whole Bible! That God made a way for us to be restored to God. Lets offer some GOOD news. Good news that we don’t have to live separated from God forever in Hell? Absolutely! But also that we can live with God right now! Right this second!
And really honestly if God is taken out of the pledge who cares? Say God anyway! Be a rebel! Pray in school, put the nativity up on your front lawn! Just because we are called to be peacemakers does not mean that we can’t peacefully protest and continue to peacefully rebel against the government when the time is appropriate. Let’s say one day the government says being a born again Christian is unlawful and is punishable by prison or some other punishment I hope to God (truly) that Christians are just as outspoken then as they are now. Personally? I think it’s easy to whine about things when their are no consequences, we will see how many people stand up when/if true persecution comes.
1. I’m generalizing both with Christians and Atheists because I don’t have the time or space to go in to detail. Both movements are too large to completely define, so I stuck to mainly media generalizations
2. I have quite a few friends who are Atheists so this is not an attack on atheism, please don’t see it this way
3. I have MANY friends (family really) who are Christians, this is not an attack on Christianity, i breathe the Christian faith, it is all I’m concerned about in my life, and that is why I said what I said. It is also why I am generally most critical of Christianity, because I am part of that movement.
4. 1 Corinthians 13.