“Just Skip Church. It’s All Fake News”. That is on a billboard on I-25 in Albuquerque, NM with a manger scene. Many Christians were bothered by it. I’m not. It’s what I would expect from atheists. It also makes me shake my head with a little bit of a laugh. Here’s my reason: I would not pay so much money to tell people unicorns and Santa Claus aren’t real. Why? Well, if people want to believe in such things/characters, that’s their business. I will think they’re crazy but, “Oh well.” I think they don’t like manger scenes and crosses because such things are reminders to them of something I think they fear. I think they fear this: what if it’s true that there is a God who came to earth to save us from our sins? If it’s true, and they do not accept this God’s one offer of salvation, they will spend an eternity separated from Him. And they’d rather not think about such things.
2 Cor. 4:3,4 says, “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
We should be perceptive and bold enough to talk with people and bring up such examples and ask them, “What do you think about a billboard like that?” And then ask, “Why do you think people who don’t believe in God or the gospel, would spend so much time, money and energy to oppose something they think is a myth?” “If people are atheists, then everything is relative. So why do they care if people believe in God or not? Why would it matter?” And then, “What do you think about what Christmas means?” Pray that God will bring you to some such person this week.