An Atheistic Take on Africa’s Greatest Need

Jan 6, 2009

On December 27, 2009, via a post at TimesOnline.com, a professed Atheist made a shocking profession: “I truly believe Africa needs God.” His claim caught my attention, to say the least. And his comments haven’t released me since. Check out the entire article here.

I found the read both intriguing and refreshing. I admire anyone able to acknowledge truth, especially when it conflicts with their professed framework, because I realize the admittance of such places a premium on truth over self.

I only cringe at one, what I would call, discrepancy.

If indeed Mr. Parris is adamant in his refusal of the existence of God, then I believe encouraging soul-hungry Africans in this belief to be somewhat deceptive. Offering HOPE that is rooted in anything but TRUTH is not only wrong, but (maybe?) cruel. Like throwing a lifeline to a drowning man knowing it’ll never float.

Of course, I believe WHOLEHEARTEDLY that, YES, Africa needs God as it needs air to breathe. He is the only permanent solution to the thick fog of hopelessness and passivity I both saw and felt while there. The only difference between Mr. Parris and myself is that I believe the One Africa needs is REAL. Still, his words are full of an honest transparency I rarely see, and I applaud him for it, regardless of our differences in belief.

Parris notes, “In Africa Christianity changes people’s hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good.” So true. And this change happens simply because the lifeline of a very REAL God is cast by REAL people who know the truth and care enough to share it.

Now that’s something to keep you afloat.

3 Comments

  1. Sharen Watson

    Thanks for posting this insightful information, Michele. I’ve never heard and atheist say that someone or a group of someone-s needs God. I wonder, if he sees such a difference in those who live by faith in Christ, why he still walks the atheistic road. I do believe, it takes more faith to be an atheist than it does to live in Christ. I know. One of my closest family members proclaim atheism. Defending it proves impossible. I agree with you… “Offering HOPE that is rooted in anything but TRUTH is not only wrong, but (maybe?) cruel.” I would add, definitely.

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  2. alece

    i read that same article and have a 1/4-written blog post about it sitting in my drafts folder. i’m still not totally sure what i want to do with it.

    but i love what YOU did!

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  3. Michele

    Alece, you have much more insight into this than I do, so I’d love to hear your perspective on this article once you figure out what to do with it! Pretty please?

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