Those who believe they don't need God need our love
By Clay Perkins
Saturday, November 24, 2018
“The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. — Psalm 14:2 (The Bible, New International Version)
There have always been those who believe in God and those who do not — those who lean on faith, God, and His Word for their worldview and those who lean on their own intellect, wisdom, and their understanding of life for their worldview.
For the first time in decades believers are finding out that their worldview is often not in the majority. Currently everything around us tells us that if you believe in God, you lack understanding about life. Whole political and governmental systems around the globe are built on the claim that there is no God. The entertainment industry mocks godly behavior. Colleges and universities that once stood firm in God and were founded to serve society from a Christian worldview, now barely even mention God in any facet of their organization. And those institutions that do mention God are treating the Bible as a book full of myths and fairy tales. Physics now sees an indeterminate universe. Those with real intelligence, the true erudite, believe in themselves and science. Certainly, this God thing is absurdity.
Christians may at times be intimidated by those who claim that there is no God, but God is not surprised. God never tried to prove Himself. He is, always has been, and always will be. He is so confident that He gives us free will. Free will is perhaps His greatest gift to us. God, the one true god, gives us the freedom to believe and the freedom not to believe.
And the God of the universe, through David’s writing in Psalms, shares consequences for not believing. Read Psalm 14. It is silly and arrogant to have no perception of ethical and spiritual claims. To dismiss the author of right and wrong outright can lead to consequences you may not want. Have we not seen over and over again that when a man has no value system of right and wrong but his own heart, the end result is all too often a life of corruption? And all because a person made that choice. It is only when the depraved are faced with the reality that there really is a God that they realize how foolish it is not to believe in Him.
Why has man abandoned God? Why did he turn away? Why so much corruption? Why is there not one man doing good when God is voided out?
When there is no God, people devour each other. The politically correct tell us that you have no right to impose your belief system on others. As believers, we live by the principle to love God and love our neighbor (Like 10:27). The politically correct have no such standards. They will accuse you falsely, just hoping others will believe. Justice has no place, and without justice they can get their way. By choice they do not call on the Lord; they call on themselves. And saddest of all, they trample and frustrate the poor. No wonder that they fall into depravity. Life is difficult when you do not have a God to guide and help you. Life is overwhelming and without God. Dread and defeat overtake. But those without God continue to do whatever it takes to try to satisfy themselves. In contrast, God and His people will care for the poor.
The truth is there will always be those who choose not to believe. They need our love and our belief system, even if they think they do not. We need to be kind and long for the salvation of those who do not believe in Him. God wants to use you to restore all His children to Him, even those who choose not to believe.
D. Clay Perkins is an adjunct professor at Mid-Atlantic Christian University. The opinions expressed in this column belong to the author and may not be those of the university.