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COLUMN: The words of atheists are nothing without action
I was in a Hyndburn group in downtown New York marvelling at the difference God had made.
We were helping with the world’s biggest Sunday school which has a massive effect helping out 70,000 kids and their dysfunctional families.
I was in my wheelchair, my only means of transport following my third hip replacement. It had several punctures, and it was getting late.
“Back to the hostel for nine!” we’d been warned because the Big Apple streets were unsafe towards midnight.
In this seemingly hopeless situation, I prayed for help and, God bless him, a late-night shopkeeper came to the rescue.
Discovering we were with the local church, he immediately took time out from his late-night corner shop to use his own bike repair kit to get me going.
“It’s for free,” he waved away my dollars, “just give me one fifty to buy another kit.”
“Why?” I blurted out.
“Believe me,” he smiled, “this gets nowhere near paying for what your church has done for my family and this community.” This episode flashed into my mind this week on hearing what US atheists are planning to do just round the corner from this Brooklyn shopkeeper.
To mark their national conference called ‘Reason Rally’, atop of building in a mixed community of Muslims, Jews and Christians, they planned a massive billboard declaring in English, Arabic and Hebrew, ‘You know it’s a myth... and you have a choice’.
Surely, a group claiming to be guided by reason should have thought this through. Billboard words are nothing without action.
If atheists came to the rescue of 70,000 struggling families on a daily basis, if they got together to help drug addicts, down-and-outs, alcoholics and broken families, maybe we might heed their words and not dismiss them as myth.
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