What About Atheists?

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.”

— Psalms 14:1

There are many atheists today. They write bestselling books. They go on national talk shows. They seem to be all over the place. Are they beyond God’s touch?

Well, over my lifetime, the best known atheist was Madalyn Murray O’Hair. Interestingly, she was the first guest on the Phil Donohue Show. He was a pioneer talk host, who liked to promote unbelief.

One of the defining moments in her life, when her atheism became solidified, was when she ran outside during a thunderstorm and defied God—if there was one—to strike her dead right then and there. He chose not to. “You see, you see.” she exclaimed, “I’ve proved irrefutably that God does not exist.” Note that she was pregnant at the time, and inside her was William J. Murray.

William J. Murray was actually a future servant of the Lord. After being exposed to a virulent form of atheism all his life, Murray came to a realization: “There has to be a God because there certainly is a devil. I have met him, talked to him, and touched him. He is the personification of evil.” Soon after this insight, Murray found the Christ his mother hated so much by reading the Gospel of Luke. Today he is a powerful evangelist and also an advocate of allowing God back into the public schools. This is the very man, who as a boy, had been at the center of Murray vs. Curlett (1963), one of the key Supreme Court anti-school prayer decisions. God can reach anyone.

Lord, give me strength for today to let others know about You, even those who have bought the lie of atheism. Thank You that no one is beyond Your reach, Jesus …