An Atheist’s Appeal… To Obligation?

Job 15:5
“For your iniquity teaches your mouth,
and you choose the tongue of the crafty.”

That is part of Eliphaz the Temanite’s improper, rhetorical accusation of Job. It accurately expresses my sentiments regarding a quote from David Silverman, President of American Atheists in this publication.  According to the article, the American Atheists are launching an ad campaign this Christmas season promoting their worldview.

Here’s what I’m critiquing, regarding David Silverman’s appeal:

“”Today’s adults have no obligation to pretend to believe the lies their parents believed. It’s OK to admit that your parents were wrong about God, and it’s definitely OK to tell your children the truth,” said David Silverman, the group’s president, as he launched the campaign.”

I love how an atheist appeals to obligation, when in the atheistic paradigm “obligation” does not exist. Obligation cannot exist in the atheistic paradigm because such a paradigm is devoid of objective standards. When objective standards are absent, such then negates any possibility of moral judgements, in any absolute sense, BECAUSE there does not exist any reference in an atheistic realm by which such a judgement may be validated. Therefore, David Silverman (in appealing to “obligation”) is in direct violation of the foundational tenets of the organization he presides over as president. He should resign. Obligation is the last thing that the president of American Atheists should ever entertain. After all, obligatory notions in the atheistic realm, like everything else, are meaningless. It’s irony at it’s finest.

So, why would such an intelligent person make such an appeal?

Because, David Silverman is an image bearer of God.

Image bearers of God can’t help but be image bearers of God… and speak like Christians. God has written His law on our hearts, therefore, none of us can help but to desire and appeal to obligation.

Romans 2:12-16
“For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.”

That day is approaching, when we will all be judged by Jesus Christ (who is God).

We (Christians) must pray for fellow image bearers like David Silverman, that God may grant him repentance. We must also pray that God would provide opportunities for the good news of Jesus Christ to be offered to him, and that God would also cause him to embrace it with contrite sincerity.

Godspeed, to the brethren!