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Atheist Bus ads – The Saga continues…

I promised to keep everyone up to speed on the atheist bus ad saga going on in the U.K.  You can get caught up on the story here: Thrown Under the Busand here: Atheist Bus Ads Follow Up Well, here’s the latest, offices of a conservative Christian political organization were vandalized after the launch of their rebuttal campaign that there is a God.  There slogan reads, “There definitely is a God.  So join the Christian Party and enjoy your life.”  Additional bus ads are scheduled to begin in Scotland.

 

http://christianpost.com/Intl/Overseas/2009/02/christian-party-offices-vandalized-after-launch-of-bus-ads-16/index.html

 

Some of you might have been following this story and wondering what does it have to do with me?  Well here’s what I what to impress upon you.  This is happening in the United Kingdom.  We’re not that far removed from them as a country.  They too operate as a capitalist democracy, albeit with their own governmental intricacies.  There is a Christian persecution under way in the U.K. and it’s on a much grander scale than bus ads.  In upcoming posts, I’ll begin updating you on what’s happening there.  Again, this isn’t taking place in Darfur, it’s not a radical Muslim state, it’s Great Britain; our closest ally.  If Christian persecution can take place there, are we to believe it can’t happen here also?

 

Matthew 5:11-12 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

 

I Peter 4:12-14 “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.  If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”

 

Romans 12:14 “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”

Atheist bus ads follow up…

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the British atheist bus ads having the slogan, “There’s probably no God.  So stop worrying and enjoy your life.”  In that post I made the comment that I thanked those folks responsible for the bus ads because I knew it was putting God into the mainstream news and that this would allow Him to shine His light and reveal the truth.  Get caught up on the story here: Thrown Under the Bus  Well, Sunday at Time Magazine’s online publication the latest news is allowing God to do just that.  http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1877658,00.html

Several Christian groups have launched their own retaliatory bus ad campaign with such statements as, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Psalm 53:1″ and “There definitely is a God, so join the Christian Party and enjoy your life.”

Backers of the atheist campaign responded to the pro-Christian ad by saying, “It just proves that we’ve had an impact” and they’re absolutely right.  Only I don’t think they’re having quite the impact they anticipated.  Something tells me this debate is only beginning.  I’ll be sure to post updates as they occur.  Perhaps the most profound statement of the article was the opening line by the author, “The word of God is on the move in London…”  It certainly is and I’m sure God will continue to use this as an opportunity for His glory.

Psalm 139:12 “even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

Proverbs 13:9 “The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.”

II Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

 

 

Thrown under the bus…

There was an interesting follow up story today on hotair.com about the launch of an atheist ad campaign in the UK.  http://hotair.com/archives/2009/01/06/the-obligatory-british-atheist-ad-campaign-really-taking-off-post/ Richard Dawkins has helped to finance an effort launched by Ariane Sherine to place banners on 800 buses running throughout the United Kingdowm.  The slogan of the ad is, “There’s probably no God.  So stop worrying and enjoy your life.”  This remarkable campaign will likely have little, if any, negative effect on the Christian community and will most likely serve as a call to bring people to Christ.  God has a unique way of taking the negative and shining a light on it for His will. Job 12:22

 

Let’s, for a second, examine the logic in this ad.  The first sentence, “There is probably no God.”  Wow.  Pretty profound statement, though full of doubt and lacking wisdom.  While I understand Mr. Dawkins and Ms. Sherine were not in favor of using the word “probably”, nevertheless that’s how the slogan reads.  I would like to ask those of you who believe the message in this ad to ask yourselves what have you gained, or will you gain, by believing this?  If you’re right, it really doesn’t matter, you gain nothing, and we’ll all die and head to the same place anyway.  Fair enough.  But what if you’re wrong?  What if the “probably” becomes a maybe and the maybe a slim chance and so on?  What then?  I would argue that the consequences are so grave, that you can’t hinge your belief system, your values, yourself, on a “probably”. 

 

Now what about the Christian beliefs.  What if we’re wrong?  What if my belief in the one true Savior is wrong?  What if Jesus did not come to save the world from her sins?  Luke 19:10 What will we truly lose by being wrong?  Nothing.  If we’re wrong we all wind up in the same place anyway.  But if we’re right, if on the supposition that the Bible is the True Word of God, what glory there will be!  For if we’re right, we’ll have all eternity with the King of Kings!

 

And what about the second part of the ad slogan, “So stop worrying and enjoy your life.”  Hmmmm…Worry?  Worry about what?  The Bible says in Matthew 6:27, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” and again in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.” So who’s worrying?  You Mr. Dawkins?  You Ms. Sherine?  Worrying that the “probably” might not be right? What about the “enjoy your life” part to the slogan?  Does that assume that those of us Christians cannot enjoy our lives?  Or does it mean that everyone, Christians and atheists alike should abandon their inner (God-given) morality of right vs. wrong and live a life of debauchery?  This second clause of the sentence actually makes sense.  We know the Bible says not to worry, but with the hope of all things eternal, the faith in a loving God who sent His Son to die for our sins, therein lies true enjoyment of life.  True Peace.

 

While this story might not interest everyone, I for one would like to say thank you.  Thank you Mr. Dawkins.  Thank you Ms. Sherine for allowing God to be relevant and placed in the mainstream news.  Thank you for creating an opportunity for Him to shine his Light and reveal the Truth. John 14:6 I’d like those of you who read this to truly search inside yourselves.  Think about that ad slogan.  Which side has everything to lose and which side has everything to gain?  What will you choose to follow?  A bus?  Or a Savior?  The Bible tells us in Joshua 24:15, “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then CHOOSE for yourselves this day whom you will serve.…  But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”