In what could be one of the most polarizing terms in history we find this phrase: “Atheist Church”… it actually made my shake my head.
A “church” for non-believers and non-theists to discover and/or participate in community. A church. For atheists.
I have friends that are non-believers. They don’t believe in God or religion. I don’t try to force feed Jesus to them and I think that’s part of the Christian role in changing how the world in general views us. We have had way to many people try to force religion, ritual, and God on those that would have no part of it, and now we have the responsibility to change the culture of how the world sees us, so that Jesus could be known by those that are turned off by the rules of men. But… a CHURCH. For atheists… Really??
They have a version of donuts and coffee. Music. Even a “sermon”, a time of meditative silence. Freely borrowing from church structure, some atheists have decided that organised worship (the organisers words) may not be a bad thing. “Worship of what?” you may ask. I asked the same thing of a few SM friends. Because I care about the value of my testimony in their lives, I won’t be bashing the movement here, but I will be open about how I feel, which all my friends know about me anyway. An organized congregation of non-believers truly does show one thing: people are hungry for community and connectedness. They want to be part of a family. People want to belong. We are made for community, and our hearts desire fellowship. We need to know we are a part of something larger than ourselves. If your church is operating in the “country club” mode, where only people like you attend, you are leaving out people that need Jesus, because guess what… Not everyone is like you. Not everyone likes you. Not everyone likes how you do church. Open the doors to the possibilities that wait by letting God control the church, instead of the church trying to control God, and community happens in ways you could never dream up.
Church for atheists… this is what the world has come to. I wonder if we will see atheist denominations next?