Have You Seen This Painting?

I have a special wall in my office. The wall houses paintings that TFC students have created for me. It’s a special place because it reminds me of the talent and kindness of our students.

When visitors come into my office they often look at various paintings on the wall and ask me who painted each one. I take time and tell visitors about the students and the story behind the paintings.

I also have another wall of family photographs. Again, visitors who stop by my office look at the photographs and someone usually finds one they especially like and inevitable ask me who took the photograph.

Throughout my travels I encounter folks who simply don’t believe in God. They are atheists. Over and over they tell me there is no evidence of a God. Now, how do paintings and photographs in my office relate to the belief of atheists? Let me tell you.

I have spoken and written about the issue of common sense before. The paintings, photographs, and no belief in God are all related to simple common sense. Those with no belief in God look at paintings and assume a painter. They look at photographs and assume a photographer. They look at creation and say there is no creator. They assume the world was created by chance. What? Why would you look at all of creation and not assume a creator? Here is where we find the common sense disconnect. We look at simple things (like paintings and photographs) and take a common sense approach. However, on issues of faith, some folks get so busy arguing scientific and theological positions that they become either unable or unwilling to see clearly what is obvious and right before their eyes.

A painter created the paintings on my wall. A photographer created the photographs on my wall. The God of the Bible created our world. To reach any other conclusion is hard to support. Where there is a creation there is a creator.

Don’t forget your common sense when you look at issues of faith and creation. The answer isn’t always complex.

Can One Person Really Make A Difference?

Do you ever wonder if just one person can really make a difference? Let’s talk about one young lady who made a huge difference. Her name is Asia Canada. Asia is a cheerleader for Oneida High School in Oneida, Tennessee.

Since about 1930, Oneida High School has been saying a prayer before the start of their football games. Recently the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and other atheist groups encouraged the school district to drop their prayer before the games. Again, like many school districts across the country, this school district immediately dropped the prayer at just the threat of legal action. The high school replaced the prayer with a moment of silence before the football games. Frankly, I have never understood what a moment of silence means but that’s a topic for another time.

Well…enter the heroine of the story, Asia Canada. As the moment of silence is announced and quiet falls over the stadium, one voice rings out. That voice is coming from Asia Canada. Asia starts loudly reciting the Lord’s Prayer…and it catches on. Soon the other cheerleaders have joined in, then the fans in the stadium. Even the opposing team members began reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Can you imagine? What started as atheists demanding the elimination of prayer turns into a stadium of folks praying out loud.

Now before each home game Asia and the other cheerleaders say the Lord’s Prayer. The FFRF really have nothing they can say about this since this prayer is not led by faculty or staff…it is student led.

The announcer for each of the Oneida High School football home games said this:

Where you had one person saying a prayer over the PA, now you’ve got hundreds, maybe a thousand people saying it together.

So, maybe the Oneida School District and some of the other school districts that have caved in to the Freedom From Religion Foundation can become students again. Asia Canada just gave you a lesson if you’re willing to listen. Don’t be so quick to give in to those trying to take away our religious freedom. The solution isn’t surrender. The solution is found in some creative thinking and having the courage to step out and take some action.

Here’s A Show You Want To Miss

It’s coming to a TV near you. A new TV channel dedicated to atheists, humanists, and others dedicated to godlessness. It called AtheistTV and is launching this summer.

A spokesman for AtheistTV, Dave Muscato, said this: There’s a glut of religious TV programming out there, from televangelists to Christmas specials but there’s no atheist channel. We wanted to fill that void.

Now as a business guy, I wouldn’t rush out to invest funds in AtheistTV to fill this void. I suspect there is a void because there is no demand. Imagine how many different television programs exist. It would take a very long time to count all the shows we could watch. However, all of us have quite a bit of experience watching TV. Can you name one television show specifically dedicated to the atheist worldview? I sure can’t.

AtheistTV wants to launch their new show on ROKU. ROKU carries 300 faith-based channels that include programming of Christian music, sermons, and worship services. How many atheist stations are on ROKU? You guessed it…not one.

So what are the chances of success for AtheistTV? It doesn’t sound good to me. After all, what are they going to talk about? A god they don’t believe in. Why worry about something you don’t believe in anyway?

I find it interesting how the press is constantly bombarding us with the atheist worldview. Atheists are suing to bring down religious symbols, threatening to sue schools that allow Christmas music to be sung, suing schools that participate in Christmas toy drives, and the list goes on. Yet, there are 300 Christian channels on ROKU and not one atheist channel. Clearly in terms of supply and demand, viewers are far more interested in the Christian worldview.

So, let’s stop being bullied by some of these folks. Don’t be afraid to pushback. Are atheists entitled to their opinion? Of course. But that doesn’t mean we need to agree with that opinion. Don’t fall into the trap that tolerance of any worldview means agreement. I will allow folks to give their opinion because they have that constitutional right. However, that doesn’t mean I agree and I will speak up and say so. I hope you will too.

So, if AtheistTV makes it to ROKU this summer, go ahead and pick one of the other 300 Christian-based stations to watch. AtheistTV has a right to be on television but I have a right to exercise my remote control and turn them off.

How Do You Know The Bible Is True?

If someone asked you to explain how you know the bible is true, what would you say? Would you be at a loss for words? Would your brain just be whirling trying to come up with some logical response? For many of us the answer to both of these questions would be yes.

I once was talking with a man when someone asked him this very question: How do you know the bible is true? His response? Because God said it is true. Now, OK, those of us brought up in the church sort of get that answer. However, if you don’t believe in God to begin with, that answer won’t get you very far. In our culture, the decision to believe in God is often directly linked to whether the person can believe in God’s word…the bible.

There is a specific field of study in Christian theology called apologetics. Apologetics is a branch of Christian theology devoted to the intellectual defense of faith. Each of us needs to clearly understand the major arguments used by today’s culture that attempt to defeat the validity of scripture. Many of the arguments are the same and simply passed on from person to person. Arguments such as discrepancies in scripture, problems with translations of the original texts, the bible is too old, etc. With a little study you can easily talk about these topics with unbelievers and answer many of these objections to scripture.

Studying some apologetics isn’t simply a nice thing to do. God requires it. In the book of Peter, chapter 15 we are told this:

…you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.

So are you ready to explain your Christian hope? If you’re not, here is a quick way to get started. Lee Strobel wrote three books that will get you well on your way to discovering answers to confirm the truth of the bible. Strobel was an atheist working for the Chicago Tribune as an investigative reporter. He holds a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School and a journalism degree from the University of Missouri. After investigating the evidence for Christ he became a follower of Christ and has documented the evidence pointing toward the truth of scripture.

So get started on your mini apologetics journey and pick up three of Strobel’s books. First, read The Case for Christ. Second, read The Case for Faith, and finally pick up The Case for the Resurrection. You will be amazed at what you find and I promise you that your faith in the truth of scripture will be bolstered as you read these books.

Here’s a warning. Be careful. Apologetic studies can be habit forming but one thing is certain. After a little study, you will certainly be able to clearly explain your Christian hope.