At WalMart today, I parked my "Pastr D" licensed truck next to a beat up car with Quebec plates. It was the bumper stickers that really captured my attention.
"Happy Atheist" and "Your imaginary friend is a dead Jewish carpenter."
He didn't seem so happy to me. Sounded more hostile than happy. When I came out to my truck with my purchases, the happy atheist came out to his car too. He didn't LOOK happy.
I seriously considered asking him what it is that makes him so happy.
- Is it that he doesn't need to be concerned about answering to his Creator?
- Is it that he likes the idea of having no consequences for his actions?
- Is it that he has no questions about eternal destiny?
- What is happy about a meaningless existence?
- What is happy about having no purpose for living?
- What is happy about having no hope for life beyond this broken world?
I was tempted to talk to him there in the parking lot, and I'm a bit sorry that I didn't. But I also suspect that talking to him there might have been just the kind of thing that he is reacting against. Nevertheless, I did try to look happy and smile at him.
People like that happy atheist need a good Christian friend who can live out the gospel in their relationship rather than just post (irritating) slogans on their bumpers.
There truly IS a difference between believing something and "bumper sticker believing."