My friend Drew sat beside of me and was telling me of a peaceful conversation he had with an atheist.
This man of a certain agnostic inclination looked at my friend, Drew, amidst the back and forth of their discussion. He had been impressed by Drew’s steady observance of Jesus’ teaching, and he gave affirmative advice something to the tune of this:
If I am to learn of your Christ and what He taught – it is my preference that Christians not water down the foundations of their faith to appease we who are atheists. In fact – we often find Christianity even less desirable because those who claim to believe Jesus is God will actually alter what Jesus obviously says to appease those who are not Christians. That alone, says to me that you really don’t believe this man is God. This is why I find our conversation so refreshing because you have not withdrawn your faith nor the teachings of your faith to converse with me, which makes your belief of your God all the more sincere.
How often do we find more and more books being written that are catered to appeasing those who do not believe – rather than encouraging and emboldening those who do? To make Christianity acceptable to all the people who reject Christianity, it would have to cease being Christianity. It would have to cease being what it is – for that is precisely why they reject it.
Even atheists are telling us that our willingness to appease them is all the more reason why it looks as if we do not really believe what we say we do. If our beliefs are truly the truth of God – why would we alter that truth to embrace what we claim to be a lie?
The only way we can do that is if we either don’t really believe what God says is true or we don’t really believe our God is worthy of following.
Either way – Christians who withdrawal their beliefs to appease atheists makes a better case for atheists to reject Christianity than embrace it, and now they are the ones telling us this.
No doubt – this is why The Apostle Paul was so adamant to tell disciples to maintain a pure example for others.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
(Titus 2:11-14 ESV)