We are quickly losing our Christianity to secularism because, in the end, we are nothing by atheists. I generalize here, and do not mean anyone in particular, but if you look across our cultural landscape, I believe you’ll see what I mean. Frankly, I blame the American idea of an individualistic faith. I think that the notion of separating our faith into a private realm and forgoing any and all public expression of it in an effort not to offend anyone helps us to forget the immanent God. I think that for us, we have forgotten to live our faith, and instead shield it, suffocating it until it is gone all the while pretending we still have it.
We criticize atheists because in reality, we either fear them or are jealous of them because they have gone were we fear we are going. They at least have the courage to stand up and say that they have killed God. Many of us in the West simply like to pretend that God is on life support somewhere, ready to spring to life, if and when we need him. Generally, however, we don’t. We no longer need God to help us explain anything. The Weather Channel generally does a pretty good job of telling us about storms. God is no longer angry. Science tells us about the reality of creation; no longer do we need to remember the mystery of God’s physics and molecular imagination in singing the hymns of Creation. As a matter of fact, we no longer need to have the divine imagination, reverence or fear, in looking at the world around us. We can run to a book to tell us how something happens. We forget, however, the important question of Why and Who.
But, I digress. Not really. We look at the State as our benefactor and our protector and like more pre-modern cultures and their gods, seek to constantly kill it. We forget that God is the one who sets us and pulls down kingdoms. Frankly, ever since 1776, we have taken that right upon ourselves. And beyond that, we no longer need to live our faith where we are at. What we need to do is to be quiet. We don’t want to offend anyone, after all, in a pluralist society. Thus, God is no longer seen. God is forgotten. We are just atheists waiting to shed our lest vestigial longing to be reunited with the Divine. After all, as the author of Ecclesiastes says, this life is all that we have. Just drink, be merry, and have fun. Granted, the book of Wisdom counters this and reminds us that the Righteous will be vindicated because they had the promise of Life in what comes after. But, if we are all righteous, there is no wicked. And if no wicked, no righteous. We are all simply the same. Christ was just a good teacher, and did nothing really for us. We can be Jesus-y if we want, but we should acknowledge that everyone was his and our equal. And if we are all equal, then no election, no need for salvation, no need for God.
No need to live our faith in hopes of sparing someone else the danger of punishment in the world to come. No world to come, really, because we have no scientific proof and we have proof of everything, don’t we? No need for mystery or hope. Why? Because we know everything already. We have been revealed through the destruction of Western Christianity, while so many fall away from their belief in God, as God ourselves. We sit in what was one his mysterious temple, and display ourselves, our learning, our technological marvels, magic and science and exalt these things over the mystery of God himself.
We are at best Deists with a tradition. Aren’t we?
Do you live your faith? Does God still answer prayers? Is God still, even now, behind the science of the how, providing the ultimate why?
- We Need to Hear More Atheist Voices (friendlyatheist.com)
- Thoughts on T. Scott’s Seven Deadly Spirits, The Message of Revelation’s Letters for Today’s Church (thechurchofjesuschrist.us)
- Atheist Ministers: Oxymoron Supreme (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Free Church? (livingjourney.wordpress.com)
- Atheists and Christians Should Be Friends (godlessgirl.com)