Firstly, I’m just going to be totally honest and say that I’m not the biggest Ricky Gervais fan in the world. Yes, I do have a lot of respect for what he’s done in comedy and The Office, but I don’t appreciate some of his joke’s. Check this interview out with Piers Morgan. Morgan, brought up Roman Catholic, believes in an afterlife, whilst Gervais, brought up Christian, now atheist, does not. The interesting dialogue between the two can easily describe the outlook of the new atheism. While it is generally seen as “in” and “cool” today, it offers a pretty good present (do what you want, succeed the best you can, don’t worry, enjoy life, treat each other well, and there’s no God to worry about either), but as for the future, what does it say?
Check out some of the quotes from Gervais. Whilst I am not trying to make sure Christianity get’s a better look-in, it makes me think what actually makes atheism attractive. Anyway, here we go:
Gervais: “I live my life in a good way. I’m good to people because it’s the way I want to be treated but I don’t believe I’ll be rewarded in Heaven. I’ll be rewarded now.”
Morgan: “When you die, what do you think will happen?”
Gervais: “People who die will remember me. Just because I don’t think that I’m going to Heaven. I don’t think my life’s worthless.”
Morgan: “The problem for atheists must be that when you die that’s it!”
Gervais: “It’s up to you what you believe in. There are 2,780-odd gods, and if you’re a Christian, you believe in one of them and not the others.”
In that place between wakefulness and dreams, I found myself in the room. There were no distinguishing features save for the one wall covered with small index-card files. They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject in alphabetical order. But these files, which stretched from floor to ceiling and seemingly endlessly in either direction, had very different headings. As I drew near the wall of files, the first to catch my attention was one that read “Girls I Have Liked.” I opened it and began flipping through the cards. I quickly shut it, shocked to realize that I recognized the names written on each one. read more…
Facebook posts are odd, aren’t they? You can post up this: “got completely smashed last night. Woke up in Antartica. Awesome night! Jager bombs rock!” and you’re guaranteed to get it “liked” by most of your non-Christian friends. If you post up a Bible verse, you’ll get a few Christian “likes,” but no real fuss. Do I personally believe in “Facebook evangelism?” No, not really, I’d rather say it face-to-face, but nonetheless, I do like posting things like inspirational videos (for example, Rick and Dick Hoyt) and clean comedy, because I believe God blesses through humour.
But looking up at the quotes above, of which I’ve seen numerous times, what does is it say about the value system of many young people today? God has no place, it seems. Then it occurs to me that by living our lives purely, with self-control and honour, students and young people can have a real impact. People want to live the way we do (in a loving relationship with God), deep down, but they cannot submit because they feel dirty. And that is the reason we must be clean. Yes, we fail time and time again, but God is always full of grace and mercy and as long as we come to Him and offer up our whole selves, He is there to be our Counselor, our Protector and our Deliverer.
This is a great example of Worship drumming. I haven’t yet acquired the album, but the latest Jesus Culture instalment (Awakening, from the conference that took place there earlier this year) looks to be a good one. Check out album reviews section soon for a review, but, first, check out this video, and especially focus from 4:20 onwards. Fifteen minutes of high praise and shouts to God followed by spontaneous tub-thumping from drummer Josh Fisher (and accompaniment from bassist Brandon Aaronson), which brought the Worship to a whole other level.
It is truly a great example of how drums can LEAD people to worship, to dance before the Lord like David did, and to praise Him with all their might. Watch the video, and be amazed, not so much at the skill, but the passion, and the heart.