Secularists—a Growing Mission Field

by Ken Ham

A few thousand atheists (far fewer than the 30,000 that organizers had hoped for) recently gathered in the United States’ capital for the Reason Rally. This event, described on the rally website as “the biggest gathering of nonreligious people in history,” was both a political event and a time for atheist speakers to address the crowd. This secularist event should provide a wake-up call for Christians to realize that we live in an increasingly secular nation that desperately needs to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. We also need to realize that these are not nonreligious people.


The Secular Religion

The Reason Rally in Washington, DC, highlights the worldview clash between two religions—the secular worldview vs. the Christian worldview. The organizers claimed that it was the “biggest gathering of nonreligious people,” but they do have a religion—the religion of atheism. You see, just because you don’t believe there’s a God doesn’t mean you are free from religion. It simply means you have a different religion. And their religion is characterized by the belief that man is the ultimate authority, the rejection of God, and an acceptance of naturalism, a belief that everything came about by natural processes. It’s a belief system, a nontheistic religion!

Part of the purpose of this gathering in the United States capital, as stated on the rally website, was to show government officials that secular Americans make up a growing percentage of the population and that they deserve to be represented in government. Now because of the First Amendment’s right to free speech in the United States, they certainly have the right to gather and try to make their voices heard. But it’s ironic that many of these secularists (such as those with the Freedom from Religion Foundation [FFRF] that was a major sponsor of the event) are intolerant of Christian free speech! They exercise their rights but often want to deny Christians the same freedoms. And interestingly, the rally was not the success the atheists were hoping for as the gathering had less than half of the projected attendance.

Now the purpose of this rally should alert Christians to the growing secularism in America. Increasingly more and more Americans are describing themselves as atheists or secularists, and many are becoming more and more aggressive in trying to impose their religion of atheism on the culture. As America becomes more secularized, we will continue to see Christian freedoms taken away and secular values imposed on the culture.

Question . . . Everything?

During the Reason Rally, atheist Lawrence Krauss, a frequent critic of our Creation Museum, reportedly stated that he wants children "to question everything." But when he says “everything,” he means everything except atheism and evolutionism of course! Children are unquestioningly indoctrinated with atheistic and naturalistic teaching in public schools. And I’m sure that atheists like Krauss don’t want this censorship to stop or even for kids to be taught the major problems and inconsistencies with this kind of thinking. And when atheists say "question everything," does that include questioning their own statement to "question everything"?

Sadly, most children in our government-run education system are taught that they’re just the result of an accident and random processes, that they’re just animals, and thus there is no ultimate purpose and meaning to life. This is a message of hopelessness. Kids need to be taught the truth. They are “fearfully and wonderfully” made (Psalm 139:14) in the very image of God (Genesis 1:27) and that Jesus Christ came and died in their place so that they can have eternal life by repenting and trusting in Christ (John 3:16; Romans 10:9). That is the true message of hope and purpose that every person, young and old, desperately needs to hear.

“The Fields . . . Are White for Harvest”

We need to remember that these secularists, like all people without Christ, are walking "dead" people who need our prayers. They are “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). The unbelieving will suffer a "second death” (Revelation 21:8). My good friend Ray Comfort, of the evangelism ministry Living Waters, diligently shared the gospel with atheists such as famed magician Penn Jillette at the Reason Rally. Please pray for the people that heard the truth and for all the unbelieving that were in attendance.

Please pray for the people that heard the truth and for all the unbelieving that were in attendance.

Jesus tells us to “lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest” (John 4:35). We should recognize that the growing numbers of secularists are a mission field with whom we have the responsibility and privilege of sharing the gospel (Matthew 28:19). Our hearts should break at their lost state, and we should be encouraged to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13–16) as we share the good news of the message of Jesus Christ with a broken, hurting world.

Learn more about reaching this culture with the gospel in my book Why Won’t They Listen? available to read online for free and to purchase in our online store.

And I encourage you to bring your lost friends and family to the Ark Encounter after it opens July 7 south of Cincinnati. It will be one of the greatest Christian outreaches of our era.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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