Why Can’t We all Just Get Along?

Ok ok so perhaps I’m an idealist? But hey that is what my blog is for, where I can express my idealist views.

 

More and more the debate between Christians and Atheists rages on.  In the headlines we see  “Atheists sues to take out God out of pledge of allegiance” and then of course we see the Christian’s response in other comments and headlines.  We see it in the media all the time. This war it seems that comes up every so often (especially around the holidays) Atheists attempting to take the word “God” out of everything and Christians trying to put the word “God” in everything.  My question is why can’t we just get along?  This is my letter to the Atheists and then next to the Christians.

 

 

To my Atheists friends

Why, Why, Why, Why WHY!  I truly don’t get it.  Taking God out of the pledge of allegiance? I lovingly say that you are in the minority (perhaps growing but still in the minority) on this issue.  the majority of Americans believe in some kind of God (granted it could be a different god, many different religions are represented in America, but never the less most Americans believe in some form of a higher power)  Having the word “God” in a pledge, or on a dollar bill is not religion, it’s a general belief held by MOST people in the world.  There is no way to beat around the bush you guys are on the fringe of the belief system and you can’t dictate to an entire nation what can and can not be in our pledge or on a dollar bill just because you choose not to believe in God (Might I also mention that before you deny the existence of God you first have to acknowledge there is a possibility that He exists, to deny is first to affirm then to reject that belief.)  It is impossible to deny anything without first being aware of it.  But that is for another time.

Further more, why this anger towards religion? Does it really bother you that much to hear the word “God” in the pledge? Then just don’t say God, also if you truly celebrate diversity then you will celebrate the life change many many people  have experienced due to an encounter with God.  Diversity is dangerous because it means accepting things you don’t actually agree with.  You can’t be open minded when it is convenient to you and then shun people that hold a worldview that si completely opposite to yours.  I guess I just don’t understand why there is such a hostile movement coming from the atheists.  You are free to believe almost anything you want here in the states, you can believe in the flying spaghetti monster, or in nothing beyond us.  It really doesn’t matter what you believe, you don’t face jail time, you’re protected by our constitution, you can burn the flag, you can put the flag on a pole in your yard, you can say the pledge, you don’t have to say the pledge.  Do whatever you want, you already have that freedom!  But no, instead now Americans have to deal with your obsession for taking the word “God” out of everything public.  It’s ridiculous because ultimately until you start massacring people (Not that you ever would) you can’t eradicate the belief of God.

 

 

 

To my Christian Family.

 

Change the focus! It is not necessarily proving to someone that you are right and they are wrong   My gosh I’m so exhausted from hearing and seeing debates about God with other people who are not Christians.  Ultimately God is the one who calls people right? It is our job to love people like crazy, to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  Instead we get in to debates about what is true, what is not true.  God is true, and we believe that, and God has called us to be the light of the world, not the annoying pests that keep telling people to repent or face Hell.  We are called to be goodness, to literally be workers in the kingdom of God bringing heaven to earth, restoring people to Jesus.  I’m not saying we can’t talk about Hell, I’m not saying we can’t affirm Hell. What I am saying is that most people here in our culture already know about Hell, they already know that Christians believe that Hell is forever and eternal. Let us not forget that without love we are a clanging cymbal (1 Corinthians 13)  I really hate when people say “the gospel is offensive” it is?  The word gospel means Good News! How the heck is good news offensive?  And where is that in the scripture? And don’t give me Galatians 5:11 because Paul was under persecution from the Jewish people, not from the pagans.  The same goes for Jesus, the pagans did not crucify Jesus. The chosen people of God in the Old Testament (A.K.A the Israelites) crucified Jesus.   Our “good news” should be a breath of fresh air to a dying world, not more death.  It’s time to communicate and to show people that God wants people restored to Him! This is the crux of the whole Bible! That God made a way for us to be restored to God.  Lets offer some GOOD news.  Good news that we don’t have to live separated from God forever in Hell? Absolutely! But also that we can live with God right now! Right this second!

And really honestly if God is taken out of the pledge who cares? Say God anyway! Be a rebel! Pray in school, put the nativity up on your front lawn! Just because we are called to be peacemakers does not mean that we can’t peacefully protest and continue to peacefully rebel against the government when the time is appropriate.  Let’s say one day the government says being a born again Christian is unlawful and is punishable by prison or some other punishment I hope to God (truly) that Christians are just as outspoken then as they are now.  Personally? I think it’s easy to whine about things when their are no consequences, we will see how many people stand up when/if true persecution comes.

 

 

Couple disclaimers

1. I’m generalizing both with Christians and Atheists because I don’t have the time or space to go in to detail. Both movements are too large to completely define, so I stuck to mainly media generalizations

 

2. I have quite a few friends who are Atheists so this is not an attack on atheism, please don’t see it this way

 

3. I have MANY friends (family really) who are Christians, this is not an attack on Christianity, i breathe the Christian faith, it is all I’m concerned about in my life, and that is why I said what I said.  It is also why I am generally most critical of Christianity, because I am part of that movement.

 

4. 1 Corinthians 13.

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4 responses to “Why Can’t We all Just Get Along?

  1. ” Having the word “God” in a pledge, or on a dollar bill is not religion, it’s a general belief held by MOST people in the world.”

    Why should that determine what is on our money or in a pledge? Especially since both the money and the pledge were specifically altered in the 50’s to include ‘god’.

    “Does it really bother you that much to hear the word “God” in the pledge?”

    Does it bother you that much not to say it? To think that, maybe, we’re a religion of people of all different kinds, and that religion might be a divisive issue? Does it bother you that we might just aspire to be ‘one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all’ without appealing to anything supernatural?

    “It’s ridiculous because ultimately until you start massacring people (Not that you ever would) you can’t eradicate the belief of God.”

    We’re not trying to. We’re trying to eradicate the use of any religion by our secular government. The people can believe anything they want. The government can’t play favorites.

  2. The government is not playing favorites considering the majority of Americans believe in some higher power. the word “God” does not point to any religion it simply reflects the belief of MOST people. Playing favorites is taking God out because a small minority of people is somehow “highly offended” that the word God is said in things like the pledge. 1.6% of the American population defines themselves as “atheist” (granted that number could be higher, but even if it was at 5 percent it’s still a massive minority)

    I don’t want to be hypocritical in my “why can’t we get along post” but I do feel the need to respond to your post respectfully of course 🙂

    • “The government is not playing favorites considering the majority of Americans believe in some higher power. ”

      Doing something just because the majority support it is exactly what playing favorites is.

      “the word “God” does not point to any religion it simply reflects the belief of MOST people. ”

      So?

      Most people believing something doesn’t make the action constitutional.

      • What the constitution says is “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; ” First as far as I know atheism claims no religion, therefore saying God in the pledge is not favoring any religion over yours because you don’t have one.

        Also the word God is used in almost every single religion out there, therefore they are not respecting one religion over another, they are actually accommodating everyone.

        It would be one thing to say “One nation under Jesus Christ” which points to a specific religion. It’s another thing to say “God” which anyone who has a religion can interpret as their own God. Atheist claim to have no religion so it does not concern you. You can’t claim to not believe in God and then get mad when people say God in a pledge.

        – Tim.

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