This is a billboard that was recently put up here in my hometown. I've seen it before, in Chicago, LA, other big cities. But now it's here. And it has people stirred up.
I have an opinion about most things in life. And I'm usually not shy about sharing them. I want to think this through and not just spout off like I typically do. But if you really want my gut reaction to Atheists putting up a billboard on 540 here it is:
I know... not what you expected. But its how I honestly feel. Here's why:
Because I realized that the sign is true.
Have you read it? I mean really read it and asked yourself if it applies to you. It says:
Are you good without God?
There was a time in my life that yes, I was good without God. I didn't need Him or want Him. But, praise God, I realized my great need for Him and was graciously drawn by His Spirit into His arms. Sadly, I still oftentimes live as if I don't need Him. Sadly, some days I am good without Him. Even though I desperately need Him, I act as if I don't. What about you? Are YOU good without God?
How often do we sit in our padded pews in our nice cozy churches completely oblivious to the reality that millions are living life without God? We want to share our faith with our neighbors or coworkers but we don't know how to go about it. In Genesis 50 Joseph is talking to his brothers and makes this statement, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." Does our enemy intend to harm the church with this sign? Absolutely! But I don't think it has the King of kings and Lord of lords pacing Heaven wringing His hands in fear. I think that maybe, just maybe, God's up in Heaven excited about this opportunity we've been given to start real, honest conversations with the people we share life with.
So what should we do about the Atheists infiltrating the Bible belt? We could retaliate, write letters to editors lamenting our persecution, fly off the handle and start a few arguments. Or maybe we could just take a minute to get on our knees and thank God that we don't have to live life without Him. And then, maybe, we could get up and go show His love to someone else.
Then again, that could just be me spouting off without really thinking it through...