To me, there’s nothing that trumps my faith in Christ — not even an NFL career. Everything I have on this earth is borrowed. All that really matters is eternity. God has blessed me with a platform and with an opportunity to do something that I love to do. Out of my gratefulness, I give all that I have as if He’s the only One watching.
— James Laurinaitis, former Ohio State Football Player, NFL Player
Evangelicals often tell atheists that the lives of unbelievers lack purpose, meaning, and direction. However, based on the quote above by Evangelical Christian James Laurinaitis, it is Christians who live empty lives. According to Laurinaitis, nothing in this life really matters. Everything we have on earth is borrowed (from God). Only eternity matters.
Of course, Laurinaitis doesn’t really believe this. He was a three-time All-American football player at Ohio State University. Laurinaitis went on to play for eight years in the NFL. Just today, Laurinaitis was hired as a graduate assistant for the Ohio State football program. Now thirty-five, Laurinaitis has had a full life. The sum of his experiences suggests his life BEFORE eternity matters. If it didn’t; if living in light of eternity is all that matters, then why did Laurinaitis play football? Why get married and have children? Should not the single focus of Laurinaitis be evangelizing the lost? Hell is hot. Death is certain. There are souls to save.
If Evangelicals really believe that eternity is all that really matters, they sure don’t live like it. By all accounts, apart from what they do on Sundays, Evangelicals live lives indistinguishable from the lives of atheists, agnostics, Muslims, Buddhists, and other people labeled Hell-bound sinners by Evangelicals. How about we agree that all humans have meaningful, purposeful lives — however each of us defines these terms? If Laurinaitis wants to spend his days on earth worshipping Jesus and slavishly devoting his life to him, that’s fine. However, just because atheists don’t want to do the same doesn’t mean their lives are lacking in any way.
Bruce Gerencser, 65, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 44 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.
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Well, it’s their verbal tick. They have to talk about eternity even though what they are doing now engrosses them. Maybe they have to say it to remind themselves, since they apparently forget and live like us heathers lol?
There was a lot of “when I get to heaven” talk in my evangelical family. The typical wish was to look like Miss America, have no sickness or pain, be reunited with beloved pets, and have no money problems. Making changes in real life can be hard – hoping for a deity to make it all happen is easy.
The early ’90’s Calvin Klein television ads made a better case for Eternity than anything in the Bible, or any church, ever did.
Oh, and Stanley Clarke offers a better journey to Forever.
At least their Eternity and Forever don’t involve spending time with people you wouldn’t want to spend, well, eternity and forever, with.
Well, I’ll give Mr. Laurinaitis “Everything we have on earth is borrowed.” But I see it a bit differently. What we have here is important. It’s not borrowed from any god (so far as I know); it’s borrowed from our descendants, who will not praise us if we take too much and spoil it, leaving earth and their own supply of good things in life less able to provide for them. We need to have a care for the people who will come after us.