Last month, an atheist group in Colorado announced that it had purchased 3 billboards in Denver and planned to post the image you see to the left on them. As the title of this post says, the sign is “kinda douchy”. Actually, it’s really douchy, it’s smug, superior and condescending. It’s arrogant and assumes they’re right and we’re wrong and, on some level, it’s offensive to every believer everywhere. I’m sure Christian groups in Colorado have mobilized and put together a suitable defense of the faith and they’re out there fighting the good fight. Graduates of conservative Bible colleges are putting what they learned in Apologetics 101 to good use, showing those arrogant non-believers they can’t call our God imaginary and walk away unscathed (or more likely, unsaved). As douchy as these atheists might be, Christians can be just as bad, if not worse.
What am I talking about? Let me relate a story my youngest daughter told me a while back. She was riding with a couple of adults (who shall remain nameless) when they saw one of those “Adopt a Highway” signs. An atheist group had taken on that particular stretch of road and, of course, their name was on the sign. Right beside it, someone had placed a cross made of reflective tape. The two adults with her are both good Southern Baptists and thought that was great. Olivia said she thought it was kind of a dick move. In her words: “It’s like we can’t let them have anything“. Several of her friends at school identify as atheist or agnostic and we’ve talked about this kind of thing a few times. Her take is that faith is a choice that everyone has to make for themselves and she’s not comfortable forcing her decision on someone else. Smart girl, huh?
Things like the Boulder Atheists billboards offend Christians because we feel they’re disrespectful toward our beliefs. But, really, if you stop and think about it, some of the things we believe are a little out there. There’s a sign floating around that says:
Now what those atheists say doesn’t seem so out of line, does it? That’s because following Jesus is completely counterintuitive and totally unreasonable. I mean, the guy was a convicted felon, executed by the state. Who in their right minds follows someone like that? And, the stuff he said while he was here? It was crazy as hell. Give all your money to the poor and follow me. Are you serious? Who does that? But, crazy as it may seem, there is a satisfaction that comes from following the way of Christ. It’s hard, though. Everything you have is not your own, it was given to you by God to share with those in need. And, if you’re going to do it right, other’s needs come first. Then, there’s the love part. You have to love everyone, not just the ones you want to love. That means enemies, jerks, douchebags and even your batshit crazy mother-in-law. If you want people to respect your beliefs, this is a good place to start. Because walking around with a chip on your shoulder all the time is kinda douchy.