Psalm 14:1-7, NIV 1984
1 The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
2 The LORD looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on the LORD.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the LORD is their refuge.
7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the LORD restores his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!
I once remembered an feature story in international presses that covered quite widespread bus slogan all across Western Europe. Most of you might have seen this picture…
Yes, its the Atheist Bus campaign which featured buses from Scandinavia down to Spain. This one started in London but quickly spread to neighboring capitals. This actually gives an idea how widespread the Atheist movement has become and its spreading at quite a disturbing rate. They have been zealous in fact in “converting” people to Atheism as has been exclaimed by a missionary contact who have been to Europe. Western Europe used to be the bulwark of Christianity. In fact Christianity was strongest in Western Europe just after the fall of the Roman Empire and the Reformation itself happened in Western Europe. Now, unbelief is spreading in Western Europe that soon enough, Western Europe will turn from a mission sender to a mission field. What does this tell us as Christians living as spectators at this unbelievable spectacle?
King David had the same dilemma years ago as He was in constant battle with people who have refused to acknowledge the God of Israel. He was not fighting with explicitly Atheistic peoples but he was dealing with widespread unbelief. Nation after nation has been plotting against the kingdom of Israel seeking to disprove the God of Jacob and conquer His people. Amidst this struggle, David boldly proclaimed “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Verses in chapter three even ended up in the words of Paul which exhorted “All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.” Unbelief is a problem that cuts across centuries and as the years progress, we shall see more of unbelief.
How will we stand as followers of Christ as we face widespread unbelief? Chapter seven gives these ancient people a prophecy of the coming Savior. David concludes His psalm with this: “Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!” Indeed, the Savior has come out of Zion and He is Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. In the midst of uncertainty, He is there to restore His people. While unbelief spreads, the love of Christ shall ever become brighter and be ever needed. As people may think that they have extinguished Christ from the heart of their nation, God will always have the last laugh. Even as the flicker of religiosity is fading, we shall the light of Christ that heralds His good news in this ever fallen world.