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.
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.
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!
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?