Here’s how to not handle talking to Atheists. Putting verses from the Bible that just show God’s wrath and completely skip out on His Grace is not Godly, it is not loving, and it is not what Christ died on the cross for.
While the Reason Rally was anything but reasonable, the “Christians” that showed up with these signs were far less reasonable. Some will say that we should not really care, we should support the efforts of our brothers & sisters in Christ.
Here’s where I take issue with that; if we don’t confront those “Christians” then
(A)We’re telling them that it is ok to do things like that. It is telling them that all Christians support their hateful message & ignorance.
(B) It shows Atheists that Christians are “all” like that. It plays into the stereotype they have of Christians, that we are ignorant, a hate group, judgmental, etc.
(C) Most of all, it puts up more walls between nonbelievers and God’s Word. When people (wrongly) use Scripture as permission to condemn others all it does is make nonbelievers hate the Bible and the Author of Life. If someone was yelling at you, screaming that you were condemned because you’re a filthy,horrible person while using their Holy Book as a source to back up their insults, would you be motivated to read that book? Would you want anything to do with the God they claimed was calling you a horrible person? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say probably not.
As Christians we are called to love our neighbors…Jesus didn’t say just our Christian neighbors, He said all our neighbors. If the Creator of all things loves all of us equally, who are we to spew hate at anyone?