A family member sent me a note on a story in the news about an atheist who filed a lawsuit demanding that the court set aside a day for atheists to celebrate their non-belief – much the way that Christians have Christmas and Easter. Of course, Jews have Passover and Hanukkah, as well as Yom Kippur and other major faiths also have special holy days that are considered sacred in their respective religions.
So it didn’t seem out of line, according the the attorney handling the case, that atheists should also have their own day. The judge in Florida who was assigned the case dismissed it immediately. But upon further complaints by the attorney who had petitioned for the recognition day, the judge indicated that atheists already had their own special day. He went on to indicate that atheists could celebrate on April 1st – April Fool’s Day.
The judge, obviously a Christian, went on to explain that there is even a passage of Scripture that confirms the date. And that is our verse for the day. We are told, in Psalms 14:1, “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” Pretty straightforward and simple. Anyone who denies the existence of God is a fool. I can’t even imagine going through life unsure of or even denying the existence of God. Clearly, not only did the judge know his Scripture, he had a great sense of humor as well.
Christians order their lives in such a way as to live life consistent with the tenets of God. But those who depend on themselves don’t see that there is anything larger than themselves that keeps everything together. Clearly, they are misguided – the Scripture even commands us to not be yoked to them.
My encouragement for you this evening is that God not only wants you to believe in Him – He wants you to depend on Him. My prayer is that you will consider the blessings that you have received as a child of God. Furthermore, that you will continue to believe – there just isn’t another way to live… Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…