Every day, I get new Twitter followers who are a Christian. Unlike some Twitterites, I don’t necessarily follow people back. I usually look at their feed and their website and then determine if I want to follow them. If I don’t follow them, I wait for a few days to see if they will get the hint and unfollow me, and if they don’t get the hint I block them. (they can still read my feed but this makes it harder for them to do so)
I have a handful of Christians that I follow and they follow me back. These people are personal friends or people of faith I admire. None of them are what I would call card-carrying members of the Evangelical church. If they SAY they are Evangelical, they are most likely on the far left side of Evangelical community.
For the life of me, I don’t understand why an Evangelical/Fundamentalist Christian would want to follow me on Twitter. (or Facebook, or Google+ , or Tumblr) I am not an Evangelical friendly person. While I have some tolerance for those on the left side of the Evangelical community, people who I think are tomorrow’s progressives and liberals, I have no tolerance for the Evangelicals who believe the Bible is an inerrant text given to us by God to tell us how to live and what to do to avoid being tortured by God for all eternity. My position has been clear; I think this expression of Evangelicalism is emotionally and mentally damaging. Anyone who reads my writing can learn this in about five minutes.
But, they still want to follow, at least for a while. Jason Strange is one such follower. I don’t know Strange apart from what he says about himself on his website. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, an author, and he lives in Ohio.
While I was perusing Strange’s website, I came upon two short posts he had written about atheism. You can read the first post here and the second post here. As I read these posts I found myself saying:
- Wow, tell us what you really think of atheists
- This is a catalog of almost every lame thing I have heard Evangelicals say about atheists
Let me give you a few quotes from Jason Strange’s posts to give you idea of how he views atheists:
“The fool has said in his heart, there is no God.” Psalm 14:1a
Foolish people have foolish thoughts.
The great insight into the foolish mind is the non-existence of God.
They may possess a fine education and hold many degrees, but when it comes to spiritual truth they are bankrupt. “Claiming to be wise they became fools and they have exchanged the truth of God for a lie” (Romans 1).
The Great Lie of the ages, “There is no God.”
All who have ever held to this position find their conscience warring inside against their Maker.
If you want to see an unhappy person look at him.
They deny the basic fundamental reason for their existence and as a result they lose their heading. They have gone out of orbit and have become asteroidal-running the gambit of the world till they burn and fizzle out.
You dig them a bit about God and you’ll find all sorts of angers, resentments, hostilities. They will actually become prideful in their speculations about God and his non-being. But all the while, since they are not omniscient, the phrase “what if” beats consistently in the back ground. They are terrified at the prospect and rightly so…
…If everything ends in death and you cease to be, why does anything ultimately matter?
Their drive to rightly assess the universe and the world, and their surroundings is all for what?…
…Ultimately it leads to fatalism, which is a very depressing outlook on life when one takes atheism to its end conclusion.
I’ve also heard that the text in Hebrew actually reads, “The fool has said in his heart-no God!“
God continues to ask them questions in the heart, “Turn from your sin”-no God! “Believe on me”- no God! “Pick up and read”- no God! “I am the way, the truth, and the life”-no God!
It’s the ultimate defiance. The pot yelling at the potter, “you did not make me!” The painting telling the painter, “you did not paint me!” The watch telling the watchmaker, “you did not design me and wind me!” The apex of idiocy. They are stunted creatures, mere animals who are dwarfed in their ideas about God; retarded in growth.
In everything else in life they pride themselves in being “well-rounded individuals“-in their studies, travels, music, culture, careers, relationships…
…The fool fights an un-winnable war, a treaty has been declared 2000 years ago and through grace we now fall under this new treaty. The white flag of peace and surrender has been announced.
We are all fools till we come to Christ, we are all spiritual morons till Christ is formed in us.
We are now given a new teacher with a new curriculum. We have entered into a unique apprenticeship as a spiritual pupil enrolled in divine studies where the mysteries of God are unfolded and Christ is treasured.
Atheism is not just an intellectual resistance in the mind, but a heart resistance; it starts in he heart. There is atheism in the heart of all men and until God quickens us we all remain in this state.
We don’t claim superiority to the atheist for we know its only by grace that God has drawn us out from ourselves. God has declared the atheist a fool in this text. He is a fool because of the thoughts that flow in and out of his heart.
How you define God is what defines you.
According to Strange, who I am sure will say he was just saying what God said, atheists are:
- Fools with foolish thoughts
- Spiritually bankrupt
- Warring against their maker
- People who have lost their way
- Secretly terrified by the “what if” question
- People who live lives that don’t matter, since Jesus is what gives meaning to life
- People who try to understand the natural world but why bother if death is the end
- Fatalists who live depressing lives
- Defiant against their Creator
- Stunted creatures, mere animals, retarded in growth
- People who take pride in being well-rounded individuals
- People who resist God intellectually and in their heart
- Everyone, except those who have come to know Jason Strange’s God
Strange says that the Christian is not superior to the atheist. God is the one who called them a fool.
I know, nothing new here. I thought some of you might enjoy finally learning about what kind of person you really are. (surprisingly Strange missed that atheists are bitter and secretly desire to live an immoral life)