The most unsettling thing about evil is its ability to take many forms, some we recognize and some we don't.
In fact, the Scriptures even exhort us to abstain from every form of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22, ESV ).
However, I have found that one thing is characteristic about all forms evil: its inherent duty of detracting from the living God.
I want to show you a very short video of evil doing what it does best: turning people against God.
This is a keynote speaker at a high school journalist conference. Be warned this video contains inappropriate language:
When I heard about this incident on the news, I was not surprised that the perpetrator was strident atheist, liberal pundit, and "gay rights" activist Dan Savage.
I had long suspected that Savage (who pioneered the anti-bullying "It Gets Better" initiative) was a fake "anti bullying" hack, who only cared about those people who accepted his world-view paradigm, but I was taken aback at the gall and hubris of his evisceration of the Bible, given the fact that only a fool would assume that there would be no Bible-believing Christians in the audience.
Remember this was at the National High School Journalist Conference, not an American Atheist's Convention or a bar, where such sentiments would be expected.
Dan Savage knew that there would be Christians in attendance, he simply didn't care.
Listen to how Dan justifies his invective by saying "as a someone who's on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible...".
In my opinion, what Dan lacks in charity and decency, he certainly makes up for in consistency, for I have seldom heard an outspoken liberal who didn't consider himself a victim in some way.
I do want to quickly note a certain part of the video that made me sit up a little straighter.
If you weren't aware, the people in the video walking out of the conference were Christians who felt that Savage's comments were inappropriate.
First, a lone girl in the view of the camera walked out.
Then a brother and sister left .
After that, a large of group of teens (and what looked like an adult) followed lastly by a young black woman, also left the room.
They were respectful and humble, quietly exiting the auditorium.
In other words, they were a model of Christ and the antithesis of fundamentalist atheism.
Some people, including Dan, decried the students for getting up and leaving, rather than sitting trough his diatribe, so let's get a couple things straight:
This was not a debate, and there would be no chance for a rebuttal by any Christian in attendance.
The dissenters would have had to sit through and listen to Dan's commentary on the Bible for however long he felt like going on, all the while having their faith assaulted with cuss words and slander without any chance to rebut his claims, or offer an alternative viewpoint.
Those who walked out were not expressing cowardice, but were making a bold statement that they believe in the Bible and Dan's words were neither true or appropriate.
To be honest, I like to think that there were non-Christians who left along with their believing friends, understanding that just because the recipients of bullying are Christians doesn't make the bullying okay.
Heaven knows that not all atheists, liberals, or homosexuals are like Dan Savage.
But the question for all Christians in the U.S, is what does Dan Savage represent and what should be our response to him and other like him.
It seems to me that for at least the past 5 or 6 year since the advent of the "New Atheists", we are seeing more atheists like Dan who, rather than constructing well-thought out arguments against theism (like many of their past atheists counterparts did), have decided that it is much easier to bias a person against religion and God by appealing to emotions, purporting themselves at the intelligentsia among us, and caricaturing their opponents arguments.
As you can see from the whoops and cheers of the other teens in attendance, this strategy can be very effective.
So if Dan Savage represents a more militant and ruthless type of atheism, what does that mean to the average Christian sitting at home?
What should be our response?
We Must Love-
I had to rewrite this blog post several times because I felt like I was meeting Dan Savage at his level with unwarranted attacks and a hostile spirit.
That is not how Christians wage war. (2 Corinthians 2:3-5)
When we are insulted, we love; when we are persecuted, we love; when people falsely say all kinds of evil against us because of the Name we bear, we love. (see Matthew 5:11)
For Scripture says:
"By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” - John 13:45
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven". - Matthew 5:43-45
Whenever we respond to attacks, our words should be spoken in love, so that when we speak it will not be our words, but the words of God speaking through us.
Direct personal access to the God of our salvation, is an untapped resource in the life of many Christians.
"do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7