by Al Benson Jr.
I'm sure by now many of you all have read, if you follow the Internet, about the city council meeting in Lake Worth, Florida back at the end of last year where an atheist gave the "invocation" before the start of the meeting. Since invocations are usually given to Almighty God asking for His blessing on the meeting, you have to wonder what this atheist who doesn't believe in God was doing there. Usually those who give invocations at meetings are invited to come and do so. Who invited this worthy to come and spread his particular brand of venom at this meeting? That would be interesting to find out. Who invited this guy and why? Was he part of someone's agenda or what? In fact, the whole thing seems almost ludicrous--having an atheist give an invocation to a God he professes not to believe in. So who was he invoking?
Well, it turns out that he "invoked" lots of false deities--Satan, the "wanna be" god, Zeus, Buddha, Krishna, and then he gave thanks for the "one in five Americans" who are "atheists, agnostics, and non-religious." I kid you not, this was all in his "prayer" if you can call it that. It was really more of an anti-God rant than it was a prayer. One has to wonder who they will have to give the invocation at the next city council meeting in Lake Worth--Howdy Doody or the three stooges!
His "prayer" was so insensitive that the mayor and three city commissioners got up and left the chambers before he started. One commissioner stayed. Was he the one that invited this guy? I guess we'll never know. The one commissioner that stayed said later that: Walking out was "very un-American and a slap in the face to the principles people fought very hard to make sure we had those rights." The atheist later said he didn't believe in Satan but just wanted to show us home folks how silly it is to pray in city hall. And he stated, before the prayer, that "Our collective atheism--which is to say, loving empathy, scientific evidence, and critical thinking--leads us to believe that we can create a better, more equal community without religious divisions." Is he then advocating a One World Religion where all such ":deities" are created equal?
As for his "collective atheism, critical thinking, and scientific evidence" in a non-religious world, that's nothing new. That's already been tried. Anyone remember the French Revolution. Lots of "loving empathy" in the form of the guillotine and the Reign of Terror. They wanted to get rid of God and we ended up with Napoleon. Wasn't much of a trade off. Then the Bolsheviks tried again in Russia in 1917. Same game--get rid of God, persecute the church, or try to render it neutral just as they are doing in this country now--and we got International Communism--with the help of some New York millionaires.
I've known a couple atheists in my life. Happy, helpful, extroverted people they ain't! In fact, they're usually pretty miserable. In fact, I can't help but think that the atheists really, in their heart of hearts, believe in God, but they want to replace Him with themselves--just like Satan did. So they spread their rather pathetic little tales about His non-existence while all the while trying to climb the ladder so they can grasp the throne.
Psalm 14:1 says "The FOOL hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works..." And Psalm 2 pretty much sums it up in verses 2-4: "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision." I would imagine, in the atheist mindset, such truths really cause "weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth" and so they have to work to try to dispense with this kind of truth--water down church doctrine, regulate the Internet, get churches to become dependent on 501c3--whatever it takes.
Those people are really at war with the God they profess not to believe in--the Trinitarian God of Holy Scripture, only they don't want anyone to realize that. It's too bad, at this point, that more Christians don't realize it. If more Christians in the Lake Worth area had realized that they might have showed up at that city council meeting to protest this atheist's war against the God of Scripture.