The book caught my eye. When I am in the local bookstore, I often check out the best-sellers shelf. Not only do I look for something that I might want to read, I want to know what everyone else is reading as well. The book I saw concerned me. It had a quasi-shiny silver cover with a simple, unambiguous title. Written by Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion details the rants and raves of a militant atheist against organized religion. It was one that I really didn’t want to read. But I felt obligated to know why such a book would be attractive to so may people. So I went home and ordered it off the Internet.
While I could rant and rave about the audacity of Dawkins’ premise that a belief in God is dangerous, there is something more that disheartened me. Perhaps we as Christians see atheists such as Dawkins as misinformed, or perhaps as never hearing the Truth. But what most concerns me is that Dawkins knows exactly what he is denying. He lucidly describes the gospel in his book and then says it is bunk. He has heard the Truth, and he knowledgably denies it.
While reading the book, the words of Christ came to mind. If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you. The book did get me down a little. But it also inspired me. God chose us out of the world. Yet we are also to love others and do everything we can to share Christ with anyone who will listen. It may take several times before a person truly hears the gospel. When they finally do hear the Truth for the first time, it will set them free.
Tomorrow my church wants to set people free. We will be hitting the neighborhoods with our annual outreach Saturday, bringing a bag of goodies to everyone with information about our church as well as the gospel message. We hope to overcome any God delusion with a God infusion. After all, we know the victory is ours; we simply have to fight the battle. We are praying that the Spirit goes before us. I know that my Lord can defeat any doubts brought about by a book, best-seller or not, because the Word is the Incarnate Truth, able to conquer all.