“Dear John,” began the email. It was from an organization called the American Atheists, who wanted me to know they’ve put up billboards in my area as part of their annual anti-Christmas campaign. Their goal: to “encourage non-believers to be honest about what they believe…and start the conversation about what is really important during the holidays, namely spending time with and caring for friends, family, and loved ones.”
It left me wondering: Why is time spent with family important if we’re all just cosmic accidents? For that matter, why is being honest about what you believe important?
The ongoing phenomenon of evangelistic atheism—particularly around Christmas and Easter—is bizarre. If these folks really believe we all end up as worm food, what’s the point in trying to spread unbelief? Why should they care enough to put up a billboard?
It’s easy to ignore and make fun of atheists evangelizing, but don’t. As a Christian, you’ve got a message worth celebrating and an actual reason to spread it, including to atheists.