Allegheny Valley Church Of God
Finally, A Monument To,
It is July 1, 2013. After years of valiant striving to rid these United States of the scourge of religion the American Atheists have finally erected a monument to their belief of nothing in the city of Starke, Fla. I guess they tried in vain to have a monument of the ten commandments removed, so instead they wanted their pound of flesh and government ground to commemorate, uh, well, I'm not sure what. The monument itself is not very imposing. In fact it seems to be nothing more than a glorified marble bench attached to a pillar with some inscriptions on the end.
Perhaps the most notable quote on the pillar comes from the founder of American Atheists, the beloved Madalyn Murry O'Hair. You remember her, don't you? She was a significant part of the movement to have prayer banned in school. Well, that was a boon to our society now, wasn't it?
The quote that they placed on the monument was this:
"An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty banished, war eliminated."
I guess Mrs. O'Hair was ignorant of the fact that most of our earliest hospitals were started by religious organizations, most of the "good deeds" directed towards helping people are performed by people with some kind of religious belief who prayed for God's guidance in doing so, and most of the work to alleviate poverty and cure disease came at the hands of those with faith. How many homeless shelters, soup kitchens, rescue missions and the like have been founded by atheists? Somehow, the words "charity" and "atheism" don't seem to go together.
Granted, much bloodshed has happened based on religious differences and intolerance, and often in the name of Jesus, but Jesus never told anyone to kill anybody.
I was thinking that, if they really wanted to honor the memory of Mrs. O'Hair perhaps instead of a pillar they should have formed the end of their monument in the shape of a 55 gallon drum. That is where the dismembered body of the beloved Madalyn was found buried somewhere in Texas after one of her underlings murdered her and her son and daughter-in-law for $700,000 of atheist money. Oh, I really do need to behave, don't I?
There are other quotes on the monument from the likes of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. Perhaps the fine folks from AA didn't realize that none of those individuals were atheists. They weren't Christian, but they all believed in deity. Jefferson, a theist who did not accept Christ as God, mentioned the "Creator" and "nature's God" in the Declaration of Independence. John Adams was a Unitarian, which meant he denied the trinity and the deity of Christ, but he believed in God and in the importance of religious morality. He said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Benjamin Franklin, while being a bit of a rogue, still believed there was a supreme being. He said this, "The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?"
On another side of the pillar are listed the Old Testament punishments for breaking the commandments. While the consequences to disobedience seem harsh to us, they reflect the holiness of a sovereign God and His demands on His earthly representatives. There were provisions for mercy, but the scope of this article is not wide enough to discuss that here. If we were ancient Israel then the adulterers would be put to death. But if you read John Ch. 8 you will find Jesus showing mercy to the adulterous woman. "Neither do I condemn thee," he said, "go and sin no more."
It seems that the construction of this glorified bench was done soley to somehow evoke a reaction by those of faith. That really was Mrs. O'Hairs' method of operation. Predictably, at the dedication of the monument, there were those who took the bait and showed the ugly side of the modern American church. Someone drove past and threw a toilet seat out of their car window. There were protesters, even though according to our Constitution the American Atheists have every right to erect their memorial to nothingness and stupidity. There was one brave soul who climbed upon the bench and started preaching the Gospel. I guess he had the right to do that, too. In the long run, it really seemed to be a side show.
The bottom line is this: this is a nation where we still have the freedom to express our thoughts and beliefs openly. The hatred for the Gospel and the disdain of traditional Christianity is growing exponentially, and it won't be long, and maybe now is, that we (born again Bible-believing Christians) will be the persecuted minority. It's ok, because it is in those times that revival and awakening happens. Let them build monuments to nothing, let the Supreme Court make rulings that fly in the face of the Word of God. We as believers are called to be witnesses to a lost and dying world. Peter said, "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear..." (1 Pet. 3:15) Don't be afraid of their faces, believer. God is in you.
If you are an atheist, I hope you can, with open mind, consider the claims of Jesus. He died for your sins and mine and he invites you to accept his covenant of love by putting your faith in him and his sacrificial death on the cross. Trust him today and have the hope of eternal life.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!