Atheist billboard vandalized
“SACRAMENTO, Feb. 17 (UPI) — A billboard near Sacramento promoting atheism was vandalized by someone depicting atheists as lost, one of the billboard’s sponsor said. The billboard — one of several posted in the Sacramento area — originally read: “Are you good without God? Millions are.” Someone spray-painted the words “also lost?” beneath “millions are,” CBS13 reported Tuesday. Rachael Harrington of the Sacramento Area Coalition of Reason — which paid to have the billboards put up — said the ads are intended to let atheists and agnostics know they are not alone, the TV station said.”
” “This shows loud and clear just how necessary our message is, because prejudice against people who don’t believe in a god remains very real in America,” Harrington said. The organization has asked Clear Channel, the company that owns the billboard, to file a police report. The company offered to replace the sign free of charge, Harrington told the TV station.” [photo source: KCRA]
Religious identification in US according to Barna, 1.6% of the American population calls themselves atheist. But they are making noise, aren’t they? The bible foretells of the state of things in the latter days, and it isn’t good. Many who do profess fall away from the faith, and others who are not Christian turn to other religions. According to the respected Barna research, “88% of American adults say that “my religious faith is very important in my life” but at the same time “71% say they are “more likely to develop my religious beliefs on my own, rather than to accept an entire set of beliefs that a particular church teaches.” Thanks to satan’s influence, men now think they are their own gods. (“That they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” Jude 1:18). Jesus says in Luke 18:8 – “I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
There are many groups these days who represent a small minority, who are making a lot of noise for their size. Abortion rights activists, homosexual activists, alternative marriage activists, separation of church and state activists (ACLU), atheist activists. These people work hard for their beliefs. They spend money, give time, speak loudly, travel from place to place proclaiming their message. They invest their own personal energy into these causes, sometimes their entire lifetime. In any other case their diligence would be admirable.
Richard Dawkins comes to mind. The British atheist has spent a lifetime speaking on behalf of satan. (“He who is not with Me is against Me.” Mt 12:30). He has spent enormous amounts of money in the atheist cause. He opened a summer camp for children to groom atheists ( “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.” Luke 17:2), he has written books, presented documentaries, in effect, spending decades of energy speaking against the existence of God. [Image AFP/Getty Image]
Sylvia Rae Rivera (born a man) was the “Rosa Parks of the modern transgender and homosexual movement.” After the Stonewall gay riots of 1969 she and a few others founded the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance. S/he promoted the drag queen culture all her/his life. Even after battling substance abuse, recovering from a suicide attempt, and living with liver cancer, at the end of his/her life s/he renewed her political activity, giving many speeches concerning the Stonewall Riots and the necessity for unity among transgender people to fight for their historic legacy as people in the forefront of the LGBT movement. She traveled to Italy for the Millennium March in 2000 where she was acclaimed as the Mother of all gay people. She died of liver cancer in 2002. H/she fought for gay rights from 1969 to his death in 2002. (“In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.” Romans 1:27) A misspent life.
Jacob M. Appel is an American bio-ethicist who is a pro-abortion spokesman. Appel has argued in favor of abortion rights, assisted suicide (not only for the terminally ill, but also for those suffering from long-term mental illness), and fertility treatment for homosexuals. He is founder of the campaign “It’s Time for an Abortion Pride Movement.” Appel is quoted as saying “I dream of the day when women are not afraid to walk the streets with pins reading, “I had an abortion and it was the right decision,” and when station wagons bear bumper-stickers announcing, “Thank me for having an abortion when I wasn’t ready to be a parent.” (“But when He who had set me apart, even from my mother’s womb, and called me through His grace, was pleased.” Galatians 1:15)
The Dawkins’s, Riveras, and Appels if the world are fighting for evil. They do not know it. I am as human as any person. I do get riled up when Elton John says that Jesus was gay. I do get upset at the thought of millions of babies destroyed. I am sickened when confronted with people who traverse gender lines and bespeak unnatural lusts. As God lifts His restraining hand on the world in this time until the rapture, we will be confronted with all that and worse. But Jude 1:22-23 says “And have mercy on some, who are doubting;
save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.” The question is, how does one do that in the practicality? Here’s one way:
All those folks who fought for the evils the bible defines, will come face to face with Sovereign Glory and immediately know that they completely wasted their life. They will know within a blink of an eye that their efforts were depraved and destructive. They will comprehend that the time, energy, money, dedication to causes were completely wrong. Even if they repent and spend a lifetime in glory (Pray for that!) they will have to account for all their words and actions. Their work that they so treasured here on earth, will be burned before their eyes. For the ones who do not repent, they will mourn in spiritual pain at the feet of Jesus and His throne, keen over their fruitless empty life. And then, eternity for them will begin in hell, never to end. How can one not have mercy on those? Even when their angry words are flung at us personally? Even when their speeches inflame and hurt? Even when their actions maim and kill the soul of many? Mercy! As the person who wrote on the atheist billboard tried to show. Mercy! Millions might be good without God” but they are also lost. Those are the ones upon whom the most mercy should be heaped.