I read an article today about “Atheist Mega Churches” taking root across America.  This idea is apparently imported from across the pond (as the Brits would say). This idea of a God-less church that meets on Sundays, complete with singing, inspirational talks, reflection, exhortations to be good, do good, etc, has gained popularity in England and is coming to a location, hopefully not near you.
To me this only underscores the legitimacy of the ‘true church’ which Jesus said He would build (Mt. 16:18). Not only this, but it seems to be a tacit admission that deep down these people really do believe in what they are trying to not believe in. In fact, the article quotes one atheist who gets it.
“The idea that you’re building an entire organization based on what you don’t believe, to me, sounds like an offense against sensibility,” said Michael Luciano, a self-described atheist who was raised Roman Catholic but left when he became disillusioned.
“There’s something not OK with appropriating all of this religious language, imagery and ritual for atheism.”
Michael is right, there is “something not OK with appropriating all of this religious language, imagery and ritual for atheism,” and it’s this; these people feel the need to borrow from the reality of the church of faith that they are trying to discredit. This isn’t about atheism, it is about people who want to further try to discredit the church which is founded upon faith in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the infallible, inerrant, eternal word of God, the Bible (it’s still the book for me).
It seems ironic to me that in order to build an Atheist mega church, you have to shop across the street and buy from the competition, purchase their products, steal their ideas, and somehow repackage it, as if the product belongs to you, and then try to sell it. It is a bad joke that atheists would borrow from Christ’s concept of the church and mimic it, only without faith, which is itself a faith, but that is what is not allowed, at least faith in one man, the Son of God, Christ Jesus. I think of the phrase “copyright infringement,” applies. We will see them in court; only they won’t like the Judge.