I listened to a radio interview the other day with an author who started off as an atheist and, years later, is now a Christian.
In his new book,The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith, Peter Hitchens talks about how Christians (and I suspect people of faith in general) have, in recent years, been made out to be stupid because they believe in things that no thinking person would believe in. The book was described in the Spectator magazine as “a magnificent, sustained cry against the aggressive secularism taking control of our weakened culture.”
Interestingly, his brother, Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great: How
Religion Poisons Everything, believed just the opposite. He contended that organized religion is “violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children: organized religion ought to have a great deal on its conscience.”
Although, both brothers agree to disagree, Peter Hitchens believes that people who disagree with Christians are becoming increasingly hostile.
Why? The author contends that there’s a feeling of personal effrontery that’s rooted in the fear that Christians might be right.
So what does this mean to you and me?
I think if we are really honest that for most of us, despite our personal ‘trials and tribulations’, will admit that we’ve been blessed (I know I’m still grateful to be here). However, I meet lots of folks who are negative about everything and everybody. Maybe my feet aren’t yet cemented in reality … and theirs?
Sure, I also get frustrated a lot of times. I want everything done yesterday, I’m generally a nagging perfectionist, I’m only concerned about my problems, and I can be intellectually lazy.
Yet, there are people sighing, crying and dying over real loss. What’s our response?
“They talk about a life of brotherly love
Show me someone who knows how to live it.”
– Slow Train by Bob Dylan
We’re in relatively tough times right now and people are discouraged, but this will not last. Right now though, we need to help people through it. Some call that mission.
A good example is the best sermon. – Highway sign