Billboards will soon go up around Indianapolis informing readers that one does not “need God— to hope, to care, to love, to live”. The organization behind the message, Living Without Religion, wants people to know that they can live their lives without God and without religion. Duh!
As if the millions of Atheists, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and other people living around the world weren’t evidence enough, 21st century Americans need billboards to tell them that?
Maybe the billboards are part of a strategy to counter the other signs that say “You Need God—to hope, to care, to love, to live”. Let me know if and when you see one.
In the meantime, consider that we do not have the capacity within us to live much less hope, care, or love without God.
1 Timothy 6:12-16
12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
If our hope is based on anything in this world, what is there that is strong enough and eternal enough for you to tie your hope to? Will a flood, earthquake, fire, bomb, or other event wipe its existence away along with your hope?
How do we know what caring or love is without first learning it from the source of caring and love? The world has erotic love down to an art form and brotherly love, at times, flourishes. But the “agape” love is the one the world largely misses out on and without it, love is as temporary as our short lives.
If our lives are just about living, loving, and having hope for the time we’re here, and if there is no “after here”, then maybe they’re right. You don’t need God.
If you want the hope that this world and all its problems is not the best it gets…
If you want something to anchor your hope to that will never go away…
If you want a true love that will never die even though your body may…
You DO need God.