David Silverman, president of American Atheists, has done it again. This time on a Times Square billboard in downtown New York City. His sign with a picture of Santa captioned with “keep the merry” and under it a picture of Christ captioned “dump the myth” has raised the ire of a lot of people.
Silverman said, “most Christians are really atheists who feel trapped in their family’s religion.” “They need not be Christian to enjoy the holiday season.” You might be surprised when I say there is a lot of truth in what he has said.
He would have better stated his case had he said, “Most so-called Christians. . . .” Christians, people who truly have their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the eternal promise of His presence do not feel trapped by anything, especially a fool like Silverman.
I also agree with his assessment that one need not be a Christian to “enjoy the holiday season.” Why? For most of those so-called Christians and so-called atheists, Christ is not part of their celebration. It is all about themselves. Oh, they claim it is about giving gifts to others and making merry when it is, in fact, about trying to fill the emptiness they have in their hearts. Christmas, for them, is a feel-good moment just like many other moments they enjoy.
It would be very easy to be angry with Mr. Silverman and those who think like him. I feel sorry for him. The Bible says that “only a fool has said in his heart there is no God.” You believe Silverman and his ilk if you prefer; I’m going with God.