Monday, October 27, 2008

Stand for No(or some)thing?

Atheists plan anti-God campaign on buses…

So I read this story last week about a group of atheists in London who are investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into an advertising campaign that will blast, “There Is No God” onto the sides of buses around the city. When I first started working at my current employer I started in a call center. In an environment like this there is a multiplicity of unique personalities. One particular gentleman had signs hung all around his desk that said similar things that this London group is now investing into. He had website screen shots for the National Atheists of America and such. I would always look at this desk, like I did when I read this article, head titled, eye brow slightly raised while scratching my head. It is hard for me to understand why advertising goes into this. According to the American Atheist website, “Atheism is a doctrine that states that nothing exists but natural phenomena (matter), that thought is a property or function of matter, and that death irreversibly and totally terminates individual organic units. This definition means that there are no forces, phenomena, or entities which exist outside of or apart from physical nature, or which transcend nature, or are “super” natural, nor can there be. Humankind is on its own.”

I mean go to Google and type in the word atheist and look at all the links you get. According to the site I quoted from above there is an actual movement headed by Dr. Bukner. What? A movement for what; a movement to just scream and yell that they believe nothing? What do they stand for? They stand for the fact they believe that there is nothing to stand for… What kind of conundrum is that?

I’m not one to support any church putting a ton of money into advertising because I don’t think movements should advertise; Jesus didn’t. I do raise this question though: why is it that Atheism is a movement while Christian churches sit back as simply a religious establishment? Every time I go through the book of Acts I get myself into an internal dilemma of thoughts. I get so down because of the contrast between early Christians and “Christians” nowadays, but I also have hope and get excited because I know we can find this movement style of following Jesus again. We are not called to invest in bus-side billboards, but we are called to stand for something, we are called to be a part of a movement. What do you stand for, are you a part of the movement or just a boring religion? What will you do for the movement?

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