I never intended for my blog to be solely devoted to “articles.” In fact, the main reason I started it was to give a little more space for articulating ideas en lieu of a Facebook status.
So the idea crossed my mind the other day that atheists could actually make good pastors for Christian flocks. I know, you’re re-reading that sentence over again right now and scratching your head really hard trying to get your mind around that statement.
But think about it for just a minute – atheists tend to know the Bible better than most Christians. In numerous debates between atheists and Christians, atheists constantly quote biblical passages, including the words of Jesus, to counter apologetic argument. I know a couple former pastors turned apostate – they have the requisite backgrounds and understanding of the Bible to continue teaching Christianity. In fact, there are a number of closeted atheist pastors right now tending to flocks. Don’t let faith get in the way of your primary means of livelihood!
Gandhi once said “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Maybe these Christians Gandhi refers to could stand to learn a little about being “Christian” from a nonbeliever.
So, as weird as it sounds, I’m just throwing this out there predominantly to get a conversation going – from all viewpoints. What do you think?