Have No Pity

            Art Linkletter is famous for saying, “Kids say the darndest things.”  Let me twist that around and say, “Christians say the dumbest things.”  I once read an item in a Christian newsletter about angry atheists.  There’s a group who’s encouraging young people to put videos of themselves blaspheming God on the Internet.  A spokesman for the group says children shouldn’t be taught religion because they’re too young and impressionable to make up their own minds.  Atheists can say the dumbest things, too.  But I digress.

            Try this on for size.  The Christian newsletter author quoted ps. 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”  He also says atheists are to be pitied.  Is this guy from the same planet I’m from?  (We won’t say who’s from which planet.)  Hasn’t he read his bible lately?  If he has, he’s choosing to ignore the verse he himself quotes and a whole lot more.  Athiests are not just fools, but are among God’s enemies.

            Consider David, whom Scripture says was a man after God’s own heart.  God let’s us see much of what was in David’s heart in the psalms he wrote, which show his wide ranging thoughts and emotions.  Here’s what he wrote in Ps. 139:19-22:  “Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.”  Yes, David hated people, and it was a righteous hatred.  Specifically he hated the wicked who hated God.  He considered them his enemies.  Why not?  If the wicked are God’s enemies, aren’t those people enemies of God’s people as well?  Notice David said he grieved, but he didn’t say he was going to pity God’s enemies.  He may have grieved that anyone could rebel against such a wonderful and holy God.  Notice David’s prayer in vv. 23-24.  ” Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  David didn’t want to be like God’s enemies in any way whatsoever.

            I believe David knew the dangers of unrighteous hatred and would have agreed with Heb. 12:14-15 from the New Testament.  ” Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.”  Bitterness and ill conceived hatred can ruin relationships, but this isn’t what David exhibits in the above verses.

            Shouldn’t we give atheists the Gospel?  One can try, then your conscience is clear, and they’re accountable for having heard the truth.  However, remember Prov. 9:8: “Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.”  When Jesus sent disciples out to preach, He said in Matt. 10:14: “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.”

            Don’t pity athiests who will be destroyed with all the wicked.  Ultimately, God won’t tolerate those who oppose Him, to put it mildly.  Prov. 16:4 says, “The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.”  Prov. 16:25 says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

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