If there’s one thing the internet is good for, it’s helping a lot of little people make a big voice. You can easily see the difference in the world from five years ago when you consider the nearly instant onslaught of the “blogosphere.”
Well, at least from my perception, one voice in particular has really been growing in the last year or so, and that’s been the voice of the militant atheist. Richard Dawkins has become a familiar name to many, and many are joining in the idea that it’s no longer enough to just sit back and watch the silly religious poeple do their thing. They believe it’s time to step up, and speak out against religion, calling for an end to it.
I can’t blame them. Because of the actions and words of our President, many people have tied the war in Iraq to Christianity. President Bush’s endorsement of Christianity creates the image that any one else who claims the title “Christian” is in full support of his actions. Or at least the majority of them. This administration has forced their ideas of Christianity on the nation so firmly, that people can’t help but fight back.
So now we have “The Blasphemy Challenge.” The website has asked for all atheists to but their money where there mouth is and denounce the Holy Spirit, which they believe will guarantee them damnation, in exchange for a DVD on the subject that Jesus Christ never existed. One soul for a DVD. Not much of an asking price if you don’t believe in that sort of thing.
I don’t have a theological debate in response to this. God knows there’s plenty of them raging in forums and comment sections all across the internet right now. The thing that saddens me the most is that this, to me, is a huge indication that Christians are failing. They aren’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Too much time has been spent on politics and legalism. We’ve lost sight of what it means to be Christ-like. We’re spending too much time fighting, and not enough time supporting. We’d rather protest abortion clinics than offer time. money, and supplies to single mothers. We’ll go out and vote against gay marriage, but we won’t do anything to help preserve the family unit. We will so readily tear down, but we’re su hesitant to build anything up. Ask the common guy what Christianity is about, and 9 out of 10 will tell your what we’re against, rather than what we’re for.
The thing that sucks the most out of all this is that these people who will so easily denounce the existence of God, also denounce the existence of Jesus, the man. Deity or not, many agree that the things he said were revolutionary. They still are today. Because what He spoke about was love above all else. Love of others above yourself. Caring for your family, friends, neighbors, strangers, and enemies, all alike.
You can deny the deity of Jesus is you want to, but don’t ignore the things He said. Whether or not you choose the believe He died and rose again, we should all agree that this world could use a lot more selflessness.
If anything, what this challenge influences me to do, is to apologize. We Christians have done a lot in our time, and most of what we’re remembered for isn’t what we should be standing for. But most of all, I’m sorry that every action I’ve taken hasn’t been out of care and love for everyone else around me. I’m gonna try and work on that.
Now, undoubtedly, there will be a response to this challenge of people posting videos of them saying they DO believe in the Holy Spirit. But that’s not what anyone should do. The only way we can properly answer this challenge is to do what Jesus told us to do. Love others above all else. Nothing more, nothing less.