By Patrick Hawthorne
As I read the words of a fellow blogger, my heart dropped. Rarely has such a word rocked my world as what this author posted. As such, it has been continuously on my heart for the last several days.
The blogger of which I mention posted a statement from the late Charles Spurgeon concerning practical atheism. A practical atheist, to put it simply, is one who acts as if there is no God. This is more for convenience than for religious beliefs. By not believing in God, they deceive themselves into believing that they are free to do as they please.
In his statement Charles Spurgeon labeled Christian’s, who hide their sins from man but not from God, practical atheists. The reason being is that they are more concerned with what man may think of their sins than with what God does think. They deceive themselves thus creating a perverted view of God’s grace… “I can do whatever I want and ask God to forgive me later.”
“Is this true,” I thought? “Am I a Christian atheist? A quick mental account of the past couple of days was all I needed to acknowledge my guilt. I was indeed a Christian atheist.
You may think that I write of obvious and blatant sins that easily beset me; that easily beset us all. If so, you would only be partially correct. No, I’m also referring to the little sins that seem to get swept under the rug as nonconsequential.
Take for instance the small gossip with a coworker. Would I have had the same conversation with a church member? What about that movie I watched the other day…would I have dared watched it in the company of my pastor? How about that moment when I snapped at my wife because I was angry with the dog? Would I have acted that way in the presence of my boss who I frequently witness to concerning the love of Jesus?
With a reflective and repentant heart, I asked my Heavenly Father to forgive me for losing sight of the true meaning of His grace. I asked forgiveness through my confession that I am…I was a Christian atheist. Be blessed.